6,718 Calls For Ripley Co. Sheriff’s Office In ’13

Posted On January 22, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

ripley-country-sheriff-badge-patch-small.jpg(Ripley County, Ind.) – 2013 was a busy year for the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office, new yearly statistics show.

Sheriff Tom Grills says his agency received 6,718 calls for law enforcement assistance last year – situations ranging from vehicle crashes to criminal complaints to barking dogs. Grill’s office took the lead on about 67 percent of those. The next closest agency was Milan with 466.

“As you can see from these statistics, it appears our workload is more than any other agency in the county by far. We will continue to use our resources the best we can, and what is available to us, to continue to provide the best possible law enforcement to the you and the community,” Grills said.

The sheriff’s office handled 608 criminal cases in 2013. That’s 58 more than 2012, but deputies and detectives were able to resolve 61 percent of those cases by either closing them or making an arrest.

Theft was the most frequent criminal charge filed with 163 charges. The next most common were domestic-related offenses (126), alcohol-related offenses (117), drug offenses (86), traffic offenses (42), and juvenile offenses (31). Miscellaneous crimes against persons or property accounted for 324 cases.

Ripley County deputies also investigated 432 vehicle crashes, a vast majority property damage only. Just one of those crashes resulted in a fatality while 86 people were injured. The figure does not include crashes handled by Indiana State Police or other law enforcement agencies in the county.

The jail experienced an increase in its numbers as well. 841 inmates went through the Ripley County Jail, 108 more than 2012. But overcrowding typically was not an issue as the 108-bed jail’s average daily inmate population was 91. Ripley County was able to bill out more than $202,000 to other jail facilities to house their inmates, up from $71,400 in 2012.

“I would like to thank the citizens of Ripley County for your patience during our service to you,” said the sheriff. “Your assistance and patience will continue to allow the Sheriff’s Office to provide the most effective law enforcement through energy and efficiency.”