Police calls for service slightly down, but cases up in Monona in 2023

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By Audrey Posten, Times-Register


Police calls for service were slightly down in Monona in 2023, according to Monona Police Chief Jo Amsden, who shared the department’s annual report at a January city council meeting.


The department saw a decrease of 67 calls from the previous year. 2023 numbers were at 3,351 compared to 3,418 in 2022.


The busiest month was March, with 357 calls for service. Next highest was 318 in October. The slowest months were December and January, with 223 and 225 calls, respectively.


In 2022, March was the second busiest month behind August.


According to the report, the busiest days of the week were Fridays, compared to Wednesdays last year. The slowest day of the week was Sunday—the same as 2022.


Of the total calls, 668 were for Gateway camper checks, 633 for follow ups and 353 for stop sign detail. Maintenance issues (185) and residence checks (162) were also a high percentage of calls.


Some areas that saw the largest increases were curfew violations, thefts and suspicious activity.


According to the report, curfew violations in 2022 totaled just two calls, compared to 15 in 2023. There were 29 thefts in 2022, and it increased to 41 last year. Suspicious activity rose from 50 to 61 in a year’s span.


Additionally, driving/traffic complaints saw an increase from 63 in 2022 to 73 in 2023, while trespassing rose from 16 to 25.


Some areas saw decreases, however. The largest was the number of  dog complaints, from 67 to 35. Juvenile issues were at 50 in 2022 but down to 31 last year, while harassment went from 58 to 40 in a year’s time. Search warrants had a similar trend, dipping from 27 to 10.


Narcotics decreased by nine, from 20 to 11.


In 2023, the Monona Police Department had 662 cases, up from 655 the previous year.


“Out of those, only 27 were unfounded or still pending, those being fraud, traffic complaints, thefts, overdose, suspicious activity, burglary or hit and run,” Amsden said. 


The Monona Police Department had an 82 percent solving ratio last year, a statistic Amsden is proud of.


Arrests were nearly the same in 2023, dropping from 24 to 23. Criminal charges were up, though, going from 48 in 2022 to  60 in 2023.


Traffic stops made a large jump over the past year, going from 497 in 2022 to 618 in 2023—an increase of 121.


Out of those stops, 181 citations were issued and 598 warnings. In 2022, there were 138 citations and 417 warnings.


The number of accidents decreased in Monona, with 22 recorded in 2023 compared to 29 in 2022.


There were 22 fewer parking issues in 2023, going from 52 down to 30. That brought in $125. Another $485 came from animal related fines and $30 from grass ordinance fines.

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