The Stark County Sheriff’s Department recently briefed the county commissioners on their monthly report for the month of October covering calls for service, public relations activities, crimes and more.

“I would like to thank each member of the Stark County Sheriff’s Office serving this community,” Corey Lee, Stark County Sheriff, said. “I am proud to lead a very professional team of employees who are dedicated to providing a safe place for our citizens to live, work, learn and play.”

Lee then presented the statistics for October and according to his report, the department conducted 175 traffic stops which was an increase of five from October of 2019. Of the traffic stops, 52 were inside the city limits of Dickinson and 123 were conducted in the county and neighboring smaller communities.

Lee said that the department conducted 186 public relations stops, which was an increase of 16 from the year previous.

In an effort to maintain a public presence and dissuade violence and crime, deputies conducted 10 bar checks and 66 school zone related activities. In addition, the sheriff's office participated in other social community events.

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“We participated in Mall-O-Ween and saw a great turn out with lots of compliments,” Lee said. “Starky also visited Taylor public school for a safety talk and gave the Kindergarten and First Grade classes activity bags.”

The sheriff’s office responded to 19 accidents, with no fatalities — something Lee attributed to motorists wearing safety restraints.

In total, the department conducted 59 arrests on a variety of charges in the month of October and were without one of their two K-9’s for a majority of the month.

In an effort to assist agencies in the community with relations and outreach programming, Lee said the department was actively working with Meals on Wheels.

“We began assisting with Meals on Wheels and will continue through November,” Lee said. “We will see what their needs are beyond that and help as needed.”

Addressing the month of October, Lee said that the department had succeeded in their goals of increasing public safety and aligning their resources accordingly.

The Stark County Sheriff’s Office maintains electronic records of all activity through a record management system — these activities are known as “calls for service.” The loosely-used term does not simply refer to calls from citizens requesting a service, but also includes deputy-initiated activity, agency assists and internal records tracking. These calls for service include thefts, traffic stops, barking dogs and background checks.

October witnessed an increased number of calls for service, closing the month at 2.9% higher than the year previous. The leading calls for service were related to thefts, which saw the department conduct 10 theft related calls for service in the month.

Lee ended his report by issuing a kudos to the election staff on their handling of the election and submitted for overtime for deputies assigned courthouse security during the election night ballot processing.