The Auburn Police Department responded to more calls for service and made more arrests in 2017 than the previous year, according to its annual activity report. 

Compared to 2016, police received 825 more calls (34,437) and made 124 more arrests (1,218) last year. In addition, officers saw an increase in some investigations. There were 14 more fraud investigations (157), 25 more harassment cases (727), 126 more juvenile complaints (126) and 66 more mental health investigations (465). 

But the department said some numbers were down, as there were 125 fewer domestic violence investigations (1,409), 87 fewer larcenies (777) and 31 fewer sex offenses (79). 

In the traffic division, parking complaints and tickets dropped from 711 and 6,847 in 2016 to 599 and 6,031, respectively. However, patrols made approximately 1,900 additional traffic stops (6,108) and issued almost 1,000 more tickets (3,138) in 2017. 

Meanwhile, the school resource officer program reported 161 fewer incidents in and around schools (1,320). There were seven fewer arrests made for the year concerning school-related incidents (17). 

The Finger Lakes Drug Task Force initiated 90 more cases (189) and made 12 more arrests (35). Officers seized 878 grams of marijuana, 157 grams of cocaine, four grams of heroin and 273 doses of opiates and pharmaceutical drugs in 2017. 

Lastly, after losing five officers who retired and two officers who resigned, the police department hired six new officers last year. At the end of 2017, there were 66 sworn police personnel, including the chief of police and deputy chief. 

Staff writer Megan Blarr can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or megan.blarr@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @CitizenBlarr. 

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