How Does East Hampton's Police Department Stack Up? Crime and Budget Stats

You asked for it, so we're delivering it. Here's a breakdown of how East Hampton's police department compares, in greater detail, to other departments of a similar size.


When East Hampton-Portland Patch published a story last week about how East Hampton's Police Department compared, staffing-wise, with police forces in other towns many of you called out for more information.

You wanted to know what the crime rates were like in those towns and how their police department budgets compare to East Hampton's. 

So here is a quick look, in chart form, of those towns and East Hampton for 2011, the most recent year for which crime data was available. The budget and staffing data is up to date as of 2013.

The crime data comes from the "Annual Report of the Uniform Crime Reporting Program," which is published by the Crimes Analysis Unit of Connecticut's Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

"Crimes cleared," refers to the number of crimes that are either resulted in an arrest, or "some element beyond police control" precluded the arrest of the offender, (such as the death of the offender) according to the description contained in the crime report.


Department East Hampton Portland Colchester Coventry East Windsor Windsor Locks Number of Crimes Reported 256 89 119 209 315 216 Number of Crimes Cleared 41 21 35 26 72 39 Current year's  Budget $1.7 million
$1.3 million


$1.7 million
$2.7 million
$2.8 million
Staff 13 officers, 2 other staff
11 officers, 1 other staff
12 officers, 1 other staff
14 officers, 5 other staff
21 officers, 9 other staff
19 officers, 8 other staff
Population 14,039 9,181 15,299 12,095 10,323 12,633
H. E. Pennypacker March 01, 2013 at 12:54 PM
How about a breakdown of what the crimes are. It appears that E. Hampton is the little "Nevada" for crime as opposed to neighboring towns.
Nancy Wilcox March 01, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Interesting that the towns with the higher budgets have higher crime.
Don Martin March 01, 2013 at 02:30 PM
On a percentage basis of crimes cleared, E Hampton is 16%; Portland, 23%; Colchester, 29%; Coventry, 12%; E. Windsor, 22%; Windsor Lks, 18%. Average for all towns is 19%. Of course these numbers are not reflective of overall ratios since some crimes are in prior years. Still, it shows that East Hampton's ratio is below the average. What this says is anyone's guess.
kelly March 01, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Looks to me that East Hampton is doing just fine!
Gail March 01, 2013 at 03:31 PM
so what we have is working and we should continue as is
Eileen McNamara March 01, 2013 at 03:46 PM
I can pull together, for early next week, some additional data on the types of crimes in East Hampton and how we compare with other towns as well as the state. (Off the top of my head I seem to remember that many of them are break-ins and burlgarlies). I was surprised in this data by the low rate of crimes solved across the board for all towns. I guess I always assumed that local crimes were always pretty much solved.
mhd1911 March 01, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Once again East Hampton is doing fine. All this nit picking will just waste time and energy. In a couple of months we will have a new Chief and hopefully things will fall into place. Give it a rest!
Resident March 02, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Police in all town respond to more than just crimes. As well as responding to general complaints such as speeding and noise, they are many times first responders for medical emergencies, fires and car accidents to name a few. It would seem your chart doesn't include these daily tasks which are a more likely time consumer during an officers day. Perhaps a deeper look at town budgets where many times they state the total "calls for service" in the department description may provide better insight to how busy each department is.
scuba March 02, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Mhd1911 Be careful on what you presume this new chief may perform or conform. The new chief may just fall short like the new tc/tm, but if you'd not only realize , it's our time, our energy, our opinions and our town. So please you give it a rest.
Mike Petrow March 02, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Grew up in EH when the population was less than 7k and the only real action was around the lake and Oakwood Stand. Only real crime was a few minors with beer, me included, and some minor motor vehicle infractions.The only real police force we had, as I remember, was George Fowler and a couple of part timers, (constables). they handled things rather nicely. Oh, to go back to those times. Mike Petrow Lakeland, Fl
StraightTalk March 13, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Please buy another pair of glasses.
kelly March 13, 2013 at 10:36 PM
I think the people in East Hampton thrive in complaining!


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