DANVILLE — Police departments all over the United States rely on residents to help be their eyes and ears when it comes to crime.
The Village of Danville is no different, and its starting to show that the residents are getting involved by the number of calls the police department receives.
The Danville Police Department recently released its call volume for 2013, and the numbers more than doubled those from years past. In 2013, there were 1,024 total calls for police officers in the village, compared to just 511 in 2012.
“I think the big thing that’s happened is that we are getting people to inform us when something is going on. It’s something we’ve been trying to do for several years,” said Danville police chief Monte Vance. “Sometimes, people have had issues where they would not call. They’d think that nothing would be done, so why bother. We take every call seriously and try to do the best job we can. We’re checking it out and seeing if there’s something to it. If there’s a problem, we’re taking the steps we can as a police department to make it a safer environment for the community.”
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