Buffalo Police Department incident reports from 2019 show a stable year, with a decrease in reported child abuse and neglect incidents.
Chief Jason Carder said he collects data from each incident report filed with the department. From an officer verifying a vehicle’s VIN number to assisting in serving felony warrants, each incident is recorded, he said.
A review of accumulated reports from 2017, 2018 and up to Nov. 21 of 2019, show the number of child abuse, neglect and pornography incidents reported in 2017 was 21. In 2018, 19 such incidents were reported. That number has dropped to six reported incidents with less than a month left in 2019.
The reports show no other pattern in the number of incidents reported throughout 2019. That’s a good thing, Carder said. Patterns or trends in incidents can indicate problem areas in a city or highlight when more patrol officers may be needed on the streets.
Carder said he believes that police presence in the community keeps the reported number of incidents down during times of heavy traffic and activity.
“That’s why I believe it’s very important with the bar checks we do,” Carder said. “We do school zones during the day. It’s having a presence there. It helps stop incidents before they happen.”
The reports do not pull DUI information, an offense that Carder said his officers have cited more this year than in the past.
“It goes up and down. It has been busier with DUIs this year for us than it has in the past,” Carder said.
But that doesn’t mean anything significant, according to Carder, who said DUI numbers vary from year to year and an increase could simply indicate that officers are doing a good job getting drunken drivers off Buffalo streets.
“All of our guys are busy and being productive on the streets,” Carder said. “They’re out driving around and looking; it’s more positive in our community that way.”