Police calls for service were up in Monona in 2022, according to report

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By Audrey Posten, Times-Register


Police calls for service were up in Monona in 2022, according to Monona Police Chief Jo Amsden, who shared the department’s annual report at the Jan. 16 city council meeting.


“We had an increase of 444 calls from the previous year,” Amsden said. 2022 numbers were at 3,418 compared to 2,974 in 2021.


The department’s busiest month was August, with 342 calls for service. Next highest was 325 in March. The slowest months were December and February, with 240 and 243 calls, respectively.


“The busiest days of the week were Wednesdays, compared to last year, which was Saturday,” Amsden added. “The slowest day of the week was Sunday. Last year, it was Thursday.”


Of the total calls, 799 were follow ups and 336 for stop sign detail. Maintenance issues (227), Gateway Park camper checks (171) and residence checks (107) were also a high percentage of calls.


Areas that saw the largest increases were harassment, juvenile issues, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.


According to the report, harassment in 2021 totaled 30 calls, compared to 58 in 2022. There were 39 juvenile issues in 2021, and it increased to 50 last year.


Disorderly conduct saw an increase from 6 in 2021 to 15 in 2022, while public intoxication went from 4 to 11 in a year’s span. Underage possession also saw an increase of seven calls, from 0 to 7. Narcotics increased from 15 to 20 calls and assaults went from 10 to 14.


Some areas saw decreases, however. The largest was the number of  reported thefts, from 61 to 29. Suspicious activity was at 63 in 2021 but down to 50 last year, while criminal mischief went from 27 to 16 in a year’s time. Domestic/disputes dropped to 24, a decrease of six from 2021. 


There were 16 calls for trespassing in both 2021 and 2022.


In 2022, the Monona Police Department had 655 cases, up from 615 the previous year. That’s an increase of 40 cases.


Arrests slightly increased as well, from 21 to 24. Criminal charges were down, though, going from 83 in 2021 to just 48 in 2022.


Driving/traffic complaints decreased in 2022, from 77 to 63, and operating while intoxicated offenses were roughly the same, dropping from 8 to 7.


Traffic stops made a large jump over the past year, going from 284 in 2021 to 497 in 2022.


Out of those stops, 138 citations were issued and 417 warnings. In 2021, there were 146 citations and 221 warnings.


The number of accidents also increased in Monona, with 29 recorded in 2022 compared to 23 in 2021.


According to the report, 15 parking citations were issued last year, bringing in $240. Another $60 came from grass ordinance fines.


An additional $1,030 was attributed to animal related fines. Sixty-seven dog issues and 11 calls involving cats were cited in the 2022 report. 


The largest fine total, however, came from court fines, which accounted for $8,892.34 last year.

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