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June statistics released for Forney's police and fire departments

The Fire Department saw their calls increase in June 2013.
The Fire Department saw their calls increase in June 2013.
Sherri Thornhill

According to police and fire statistics for the month of June that were released at the Forney City Council meeting on July 16, the Forney Police Department saw a decrease in the number of calls from May to June while the Forney Fire Department responded to more calls in June than they did in May 2013.

Forney Fire Department

Chief Rick Townsend's firefighters were kept busy in June with 332 calls. In June 2012 there were 304 calls for service. In May 2013 the department responded to 288 calls. The calls ranged from actual fires to medical emergencies and vehicle accidents.

Forney Police Department

Chief Rick Barnes' officers received a total of 1524 calls, with 1271 of those being specific calls for police in June. The daily average of calls for the FPD was 51. There were 21 assault calls in June, while only 5 assaults were reported in May. Burglary calls also rose from 5 to 17 in just one month. Theft calls were down and their were no reported robberies.

The number of traffic accidents increased from 51 in May to 56 in June, with 40 of those being classified as “Major Vehicle Accidents.” Officers gave out 25 fewer traffic citations in June. FPD has been very busy so far in July thanks to a vandalism crime spree that resulted in 28 calls for window damage done by BB guns.

The Fire and Police Departments did receive some good news this month as the City Council voted to purchase a new $1.4 million emergency radio system. The old system left much to be desired and at time officers and firefighters could not be heard over their radios.

*The Forney Municipal Court reported that they received a total of $22,184.00 in fees and fines paid in June.*

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