January 12, 2017
HORNELL NY – There was some good news and not so good news out of the Hornell PD Thursday morning. The police activity report was released for 2016 and all across the board arrests and complaints were down. Felony arrests and DWI’s were down almost half from 2015. One area where there was an increase was Uniform Traffic Tickets. Things such as insufficient lights, expired inspections, exhausts were up considerably. You can see the full police activity report for 2016 at the bottom of the page.
On the other side of the coin city officials are concerned with the recent spike in heroin arrests. Police Chief Ted Murray told the Public Safety board it’s discouraging but he understands that pretty much all of the drugs are being brought in from the city and most of the criminal activity in our area is on the user end. He did stress that he has a really good group of young aggressive officers who with great communication and teamwork are intercepting a majority of drug shipments.
Also, as reported in various media outlets, Murray and Mayor Shawn Hogan have come up with a policy if you have a drug problem, you can walk in the police station and they will point you in the right direction for getting help. They will not arrest you. Hogan wanted to emphasize though that traffickers will still be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.