Crowley Chief K.P. Gibson discusses the CPD’s year

By Howell Dennis


During a Friday morning interview with Crowley Chief of Police K.P. Gibson in which he detailed his department’s statistics for 2009, it was obvious that the Crowley Police Department had quite a busy year in 2009.

“Not including traffic calls, we had 9,968 service calls last year,” said Gibson.

When discussing the department’s activity during 2009, it became obvious that Gibson was quite concerned with the recent rash of burglaries that have stricken Crowley over the past few months. In recent weeks, however, the Crowley Police have made some arrests and are beginning to make some progress in their investigation.

“Burglaries and thefts are definitely up,” he said. “These are crimes of opportunity. Often the victims of car burglaries are careless when they leave their valuables in their cars and we want to emphasize that people don’t leave these items in their cars and always lock the doors. However, we do have our share of smash and grabs.”

In 2009 the Crowley Police worked:

- two homicides, two juvenile suspects were arrested and will be tried as adults

- six rapes

- 20 robberies

- 196 assaults

- 210 burglaries

- 736 larcenies, including 60 reported car thefts which Gibson said were “often people who had loaned out their cars to someone they knew for a narcotics transaction.”

- 366 narcotics cases, which also obviously frustrates Gibson due to the other crimes resulting from drug activity.

“The narcotics cases were down slightly from last year but drugs continue to plague our community,” he said. “Most burglaries, thefts, and other crimes can be directly related to narcotics. We did made some big seizures of drugs and drug money last year.”

- 1,012 traffic violations

- 1,169 adults were arrested last year. 550 were released on summons while the rest were jailed. There were 182 juvenile arrests.

“We want the public to know that we will vigorously continue to fight crime in our community,” said Chief Gibson. “We are always seeking the public’s assistance and their help is invaluable in helping us to perform our duties.”

“Our goal is to see a much safer 2010.”

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