The Scott Police Department has released crime statistics for the 2018 fiscal year.
The department says that during 2018 officers responded to 18,331 calls within the city, an increase of 18 percent from 2017. Those dispatched calls resulted in the arrests of 487 adults and 111 juveniles.
268 calls in 2018 were related to domestic violence, according to the department, an increase of 18 percent from 2017. The department also reported a 44 percent decrease in burglary and theft calls.
83 drug arrests were made in 2018 with 22 of the arrests coming from the Scott Police Department traffic unit; a 32 percent increase.
Chief Chad Leger says the most concerning statistic is the number of traffic crashes that occurred during 2018. According to the department, 2018 was had the highest number of crashes in the past 16 years at 707.
The department attributes the increase in crashes to the commercial and residential growth Scott has experienced in the last year. Leger adds that citizens should use their awareness to drive safer especially with the continued construction and growth in 2019.