Police, Fire, Coroner Statistics
Statistics show a crime drop in Clinton; Fire works the storm.
Overall crime is down 12.25 percent in the City of Clinton, statistics kept by the City Police Department show. The presentation was made Jan. 6 before the Clinton City Council by Police Chief Sonny Ledda.
“Hats off to the officers for what they do every day,” Ledda said to the assembled council members. In addition to enforcement and investigations, the Police helped 100 children have a good Christmas in partnership with the Clinton Family YMCA, provide Thanksgiving dinners,. change tires, buy groceries and light residents’ pilot lights, the chief said.
Overall statistics for the seven crimes charted show a decrease from 3,461 in 2018 to 3,037 in 2019. For information only responses, the decrease was 10.23% (2018 - 1,495; 2019 - 1,342). The crimes and numbers are:
-- Larceny - 2018 - 480; 2019 - 443; -7.71%;
-- Alcohol - 2018 - 114; 2019 - 92; -19.3%;
-- Arson - 2018 - 2; 2019 - 5; +150%;
-- Assaults - 2018 - 479; 2019 - 410; -14.41%;
-- Drugs - 2018 - 395; 2019 - 302; -23.54%;
-- Homicide - none in either year;
-- Vandalism - 2018 - 113; 2019 - 116; +2%.
Also, Clinton Fire Chief Phillip Russell has reported his department’s response to the Jan. 11 storm.
“As I am sure you are all aware, Saturday night’s storm caused wide spread damage across the northern area of the City of Clinton and the fire district. Clinton Fire responded 23 storm related calls from 8:34 p.m. Saturday to Sunday morning at 9:35 a.m.,” Russell said.
Clinton Fire had 12 members of staff, that operated in five emergency vehicles, that answered all calls within a three- to four-minute response time. There were three calls for trees on homes, one of which had three persons trapped; they were able to self-extricate prior to firefighters’ arrival. There was an accident on Willard Road with a vehicle on a tree. There were multiple trees in roadway calls, and down electrical lines.
“Crews worked diligently in answering the bulk of all calls by 2:30 am on Sunday, January 12. There were some residual calls until Saturday morning that our normal shift operations were able to handle,” Russell said. “Through this time period, there were no reported injuries.
“Clinton Fire worked hand in hand with Clinton Police, and Clinton Public Works to make areas safe for the community and those on the roadways. A special thanks goes to Laurens County Dispatch. These professionals received a very large 911 call volume, managed the volume, and calmly communicated a large number of calls in a short time period to us, as well, to all emergency responders in Laurens County.”