Annual Report and Management Plan

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Annual Report and Management Plans

2016 was another challenging year for law enforcement nationally and locally. The denigrating of our profession by those with agendas continued at the national level, along with a lot of misinformation and dangerous rhetoric. We know rhetoric leads to action and we saw an increase of 60% in the number of officers shot and killed over the previous year. These verbal and physical attacks on the police also occurred locally, with 15 of our officers being attacked in 2016, one nearly losing her life.

The impact on our families was also felt. I know the spouses and family members of our officers have been on edge and very fearful the last couple years. I also know several of our own officers have children in counseling because of the anxiety and the fear they have of their mom or dad going to work and becoming the next victim. This is painful and should be unacceptable. 

But, we have also seen the best of people and were again reminded of why we love this community and this city. The outpouring of support we have felt from the community is overwhelming. And the way the community rallied behind us after Officer Weiner’s shooting strengthened our faith in our community and our commitment to serving them with Compassion, Integrity, and Courage. 

We may not be out of the storm yet, but we came through this past year stronger and more inspired than ever.  Thank you for your continued support and your encouragement. 

Preliminary Statistics 2016 

To highlight some preliminary statistics from 2016:

• We saw an increase in Citizen Initiated Calls for Service by 6.4%, double the largest increase we had previously seen and the largest number of citizen calls for service since 2007.

• The total number of reported crimes dropped by around 3.7%, but the number of major crimes stayed consistent or rose slightly, we are still waiting for the final numbers. 

• While the calls for service increased dramatically, and the number of crimes dropped, we believe some of that can be attributed to the increased number of calls we get related to mental health issues. 

• The number of reports taken increased by 8.7%. While the number of crimes decreased the number of reports and investigations increased dramatically. This leaves less time for our officers to do proactive policing.

• We saw an increase in the number of Aggravated and Simple Assaults and Robberies, but a significant drop in Rapes and other sexual assaults. 

• As of October 12th we already had 12 overdose deaths in Outagamie County, with 9 of them being related to Opioids.  In Outagamie County we have averaged about 13 deaths a year caused by Heroin and/or other opioids. We will be starting a new program on March 1st to address this crisis. 

Our Inclusion and Engagement Coordinators have taken the lead in promoting diversity and inclusion in our community.  The election and the heated debate over race in the last six months has put them on the forefront of this discussion and proven the value of law enforcement initiating action and discussion on this. After the election it was our coordinators and officers who reached out to the schools and community groups, held meetings, talked with crying children and distraught parents to show our cities support for them, had coffee meetings and training sessions with those community members who were fearful, and were vocal and getting the message out clearly about what Appleton stands for.  I could not be prouder of the work the Inclusion Coordinators, my command staff, and all our staff have done during these challenging times. 

The annual report describes some of the great work being done by our officers every day. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at any time.