Decorah PD annual reports presented

By Denise Lana,

Before his retirement last month, Chief Dave Smutzler presented the Decorah Police Department’s 2021 and 2022 annual reports to the Decorah City Council during its semi-monthly meeting June 19.  

Both years saw 14 members on staff, with three new officers joining in 2022 to replace three exiting officers from 2021.  

Calls Per Year has increased notably

2022:  5261

2021:  5009

2020:  4388

2019:  5312

2018: 4816

2017:  4119

Notable increases from 2021 to 2022

• 33% increase in animal complaints including injured and nuisance animals, from 163 to 217

• 30% increase in parking complaints, warnings, and tickets, from 338 to 440

Complete comparison published in the July 6 Public Opinion. 

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