Dickinson Police officers responded to a total of 2,520 calls for service in September, marking it as the second busiest month of the year thus far. The Dickinson Police Department also increased in calls for service from August with more than 120 additional incidents.

Lt. Kylan Klauzer provided the Dickinson City Commission with a monthly recap during its regular scheduled meeting Tuesday at City Hall. Though July ranks as the busiest month of the year for the police department with 2,720 calls for service, officers were busy. As the upward trend for calls of service continues to rise, Klauzer noted that is in part due to warmer weather September unfolded.

“... (If) you pay attention to, in the future, what the cooldown months do for us, some of that (is) not surprising,” Klauzer said.

The top five calls for service in September included 122 suspicious persons or vehicles, 84 speak with an officer incidents, 64 parking complaints, 57 paper service/warrants issued and 50 welfare checks. The reports for suspicious persons or vehicles is an important number to look at, Klauzer said, explaining that Dickinson residents are paying attention to “what belongs and what doesn’t belong in this community.”

“(People who are) calling those things in and having us verify... We like to see that number and it could be higher for all it’s worth, but it gives tips to a vigilant community,” Klauzer noted.

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Though behavioral health calls have revealed an upward trend in past reports, the police department saw a decrease in September with 74 total behavioral health calls, compared to August’s report of 95. However, it is difficult to attribute the reason that explains that slight drop, Klauzer noted.

“I don’t have anything that I probably could pull it apart at the seams other than that’s just the way that the cards fell this month,” Klauzer said to The Press.

In September, DPD conducted a total of 622 traffic stops with 327 warnings and 129 citations issued, which reflects how officers are giving the benefit of the doubt with each traffic stop, Klauzer said. DPD's Criminal Investigations Division assisted North Dakota’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation with a search warrant on a storage unit, yielding a stolen handgun from a Dickinson residence that was reported to authorities in May.

“Handguns and firearms are another one for us; we have been seeing a lot in the reports coming across… So a lot of different reasons as to probably why that is but it’s an important one that we’re paying attention to and trying to address for the community,” he said.

School Resource Officers (SROs) also saw an increase in calls last month, with 26 at Dickinson Middle School, 13 at Dickinson High School and five on the elementary side. In August, SROs responded to 11 calls at DMS, seven at DHS and two at the Southwest Community High School — or the alternative school. At the beginning of the school year, students are still adjusting to their structured routines, Klauzer said.

“Some of it could be attributed to the fact that the first month they are doing a lot of educating to the students and getting them familiarized with expectations and things like that. And then as they settle in and if you get the kids that maybe didn't listen to the expectations or the direction from staff and the officers, then that would be the situation they could be taking enforcement action of some sort,” he added.

SROs completed bullying presentations to classes at DHS, DMS and the elementary schools while also performing an ALICE drill — or Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate — at the Southwest Community High School. As the school year goes on, SROs will continue meeting with Dickinson Public Schools counselors to further assist the student body.