Sheriff’s report indicates more incidents in 2012 than 2011


Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies responded to 231 more incidents which required a report in 2012 than they did in 2011, according to the year-end summary prepared by Major Lafayette Woods Jr.

Woods’ report indicated there were 1,998 incidents in 2012 compared with 1,767 for 2011, an increase of 13.07 percent.

The numbers include misdemeanors, felonies and violations, and do not include incorporated areas such as Pine Bluff and White Hall.

According to the report, violent crimes such as murder and robbery went down in 2012 compared with the previous year, while forcible rapes and aggravated assaults increased.

There was one murder in the county last year, the shooting death of Nicholas Reed on April 21, while two murders were reported in 2011. Reported robberies declined from 52 in 2011 to 46 last year.

Ten forcible rapes were reported in 2012, twice as many as in 2011, while aggravated assaults increased from 127 in 2011 to 158 last year. Simple assaults increased from 127 in 2011 to 158 last year.

In terms of crimes against property, the report indicated 232 reported burglaries or breaking or entering, compared with 254 in 2011, a decrease of 22, and motor vehicle thefts declined from 91 in 2011 to 65 last year, 26 less.

Stolen property offenses, which include such crimes as theft by receiving, however, increased significantly, going from 43 in 2011 to 263 last year.

Eighty-five arrests were made by deputies for driving while intoxicated — 33 more than in 2011 — while arrests for public intoxication went from 53 in 2011 to 64 last year.

There were 57 drug/narcotic violations in 2012, 15 fewer than for the previous year, while drug/equipment violations (possession of drug paraphernalia) increased from 14 in 2011 to 20 last year.

The report for December indicated 166 separate incidents, compared with 182 in 2011.

Topping the crimes in December were 20 residential burglaries, compared with 11 in 2011, and reported thefts, which went from 10 in 2011 to 19 last month.

The December report also includes such categories as dog bites (three in December), violation of a protection order (five), and domestic battery (six).