On Tuesday morning, Bloomington’s police and fire chiefs, along with the director of community and family resources department, delivered the city’s state of public safety report.
The presentation of such a report has been made an annual event by Bloomington’s mayor, John Hamilton. It is slotted ahead of the mayor’s state of the city address, which is scheduled this year for Thursday, Feb. 25.
Bloomington’s year in public safety for 2020 showed the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bloomington police made just 3,813 traffic stops in 2020 compared to 9,112 in 2019. The total calls for service to police dropped 15 percent from 54,065 in 2019 to 45,947 in 2020.
Fire department efforts toward fire safety community education suffered due to the pandemic.. Community education contacts, like station tours, dropped in 2020 to a third of their 2019 levels, from 10,634 to 3,436.
Hamilton previewed the three presentations by framing them with some of his top issues: gun crimes, fire rescues, and efforts to divert people away from the criminal justice system. Continue reading “Bloomington annual safety report: Crime down overall, pandemic impact felt, fire and police chiefs to dig into data on response times, race disparities”