MIDDLETOWN POLICE INCREASE ARRESTS IN FIRST QUARTER
April 7, 2009
Contact: Lt. Paul J. Rickard – (845) 343-3151
The City of Middletown Police Department has had a 21% increase in the number arrests for the first quarter this year compared to the same period last year according to recently released figures. The department made 808 arrests this year compared to 783 arrests last year. The department continues to emphasize quality of life arrests by directing patrols to areas that have shown the need for enhanced enforcement.
The increase in arrests last quarter over last year is more remarkable in that the department had a 30% increase in arrests last year over 2007. The department made 2949 arrests in 2008 compared to 2276 in 2007. These arrest numbers reflect the highest totals in Middletown since the 1980’s.
“The police officers have been working diligently to improve the conditions in our community”, said Middletown Police Chief Matthew Byrne. “The 21% increase in arrests over 2008 demonstrates that the officers have not waivered in their desire to improve the quality of life for everyone in Middletown. As Chief, I give them a lot of credit for their focus and determination. I also want to thank the public for their continued support in calling us and reporting criminal conduct.”
The City of Middletown Police Department, which is the second largest police department in Orange County, started serving the residents of Middletown in 1888