Texas County Sheriff Carl Watson and the officers in his department investigated a substantially greater number of incidents in 2011 than in 2010.

Numbers tabulated from the Texas County Sheriff’s Department’s 2011 incident responses show a substantial rise over 2010.

Last year, county officers investigated 997 cases considered major enough to warrant a detailed written report, compared to 729 the previous year. The total number of calls responded to by the TCSD in 2011 was a whopping 2,929 – an average of more than eight per day.

“It was a busy year,” Texas County Sheriff Carl Watson said, “and I really appreciate what the deputies are doing.”

Officers wrote reports concerning 39 drug-related incidents during the year, about half of which were related to methamphetamine.

Watson said the increase of 268 written reports from 2010 to 2011 made his officers’ daily tasks harder to keep up with.

“They might get behind on reports, and then three or four calls come in on one day,” he said. “There are so many that we don’t have time to follow up on some of them. You’re always behind.”

Another statistic Watson pointed out was that of conceal-carry permits among Texas County residents. When the sheriff’s department began operating out of the new Texas County Justice Center in February 2009, 438 county residents had permits. As of Jan. 13 of this year, that number was up to 1,037. That means about 1-in-25 county residents is “packing.”

“That’s a pretty telling statistic,” Watson said. “But I think it’s something we’re going to see even more – and people have a right to protect their family, their home and their property.

“We’re living in a time when that’s just how it is.”

Watson said if this January’s statistics are any indication, his department’s 2012 numbers will surpass those of 2011.

“It certainly isn’t going any lower,” he said. “And Texas County is no different from anywhere else; the workload is greater every year.”

Texas County Sheriff’s Department 2011 incidentstatistics

Most common written reports:

Stealing over $500 – 101

Stealing under $500 – 88

Second-degree burglary/residential – 81

Second-degree property damage – 80

Third-degree domestic assault – 47

Third-degree assault – 42

Second-degree trespass – 34

Animal abuse – 32

First-degree trespass – 25

Written reports by month:

January – 71

February – 55

March – 59

April – 72

May – 70

June – 82

July – 71

August – 133

September – 112

October – 98

November – 120

December – 54


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