Rutland, Vt. Police Release Crime Report

By FOX44/ABC22 News

Published 02/10 2014 10:38PM

Updated 02/10 2014 11:26PM

RUTLAND, Vt. -A new crime report released Tuesday shows prescription substance abuse arrests in the city of Rutland has increased.  They are up 18 percent from 2012 to 2013. 

Police Chief James Baker says he thinks the rise in arrests is a step forward to attacking the drug abuse issue in the city.  Also, that substance abuse needs to be addressed across the U.S. 

"I do think Rutland got a bad name in all of this," says Baker.  "Drug abuse happens all over the nation."

The report also showed citizen complaint calls were up, which the police department saw as good news.

"It's indicative to us that they have faith in us, they're calling us, they're looking for us to respond and we do the best we can to respond to their needs," says Baker.

Other crimes analyzed include:
-Simple Assault (up 30 percent)
-Noise Disturbances (up 26 percent)
-Vandalization of cars (up 53 percent)
-Vandalization of homes (down 40 percent)

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