Sheriff Ken Furlong says the
types of calls his deputies are responding to have changed dramatically amid
the coronavirus pandemic.
For example, he said, no
crimes are involved in the top 10 types of calls.
A large number of the top 20
reasons people are asking to see a deputy are most likely the result of higher
levels of stress among people trapped at home or laid off work.
For the period between March
16 and April 3, he said that, contrary to what some other jurisdictions are
saying, reports of domestic battery have declined 7 percent in Carson City.
Related to that statistic,
reports of domestic disputes have declined 17 percent since the emergency stay
at home order was issued.
“There’s been a shift in what
we’re going to and how we’re doing it,” he said. “But those people claiming
there are domestic batteries all over the place, it’s just not true in Carson.”
There were, however, three
domestic battery arrests this past weekend.
But Furlong said types of
calls falling completely out of the top 20 are keep the peace, non-injury
accidents and DUI calls.
He said DUIs are down,
obviously, because all of the bars are closed.
But traffic disputes are up, by
26 percent according to Furlong.
“There are fewer people
driving but those driving are vicious,” he said.
Along with the decline in
DUIs, he said reports of intoxicated persons are down by 30 percent.
Because of stress, he said
suicide threats are up 7 percent but, to date, there have been no actual
New to the top 20 list are
miscellaneous calls and unknown circumstances, calls he defined as, “we can’t
even figure out what you’re calling about but we’ll send a cop.”
we’re getting a huge increase,” he said blaming stress.
Welfare checks on the
homebound remain the top reason people are calling dispatch, he said. Welfare
checks have increased by 34 percent since the March stay at home order.
With many businesses
shuttered, he said the calls for passing checks on business properties are up
217 percent, moving from number eight on the list to number two.
The third-highest number of
calls are for reports of an unwanted person, up 111 percent. That category was
number 10 before the pandemic and Furlong said it’s likely impacted by homeless
New to the top 20 types of
calls, he said are noise complaints, which came in sixth in his latest survey.
Noise complaints have never been in the top 20 before but they have had 74 since
the shut down.
“What you would have absorbed
yesterday, you called the cops today,” he said. “That’s stress.”
Holding steady are reports of
suspicious circumstances and suspicious persons calls.
Mental health transports, he
said, are also new to the top 20.
But reports of suspicious
vehicles and intrusion alarms are actually down significantly.
He said his jail population
is down about 100 to just 81 and, for the most recent period, overtime by
deputies is down 45 percent.
“We’re not arresting a lot of people,” Furlong said.