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
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