sanderson portraitHOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (2/6/19) — Hopkins County Sheriff Matt Sanderson released 2018 annual statistics this week regarding area crime and activity.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office responded to 24,686 calls for service last year, Sanderson reported Tuesday during a Hopkins Fiscal Court meeting. From that list of calls, 284 were “Part 1” or serious criminal matters that include rape, murder, assault, robbery, felony theft, etc.

HCSO served 3,126 papers, inspected 3,292 vehicles, handled 1,198 concealed carry permit transactions, investigated 630 traffic collisions and made 3,375 prisoner/mental/juvenile transports, according to the report.

Court security deputies logged 15,507 hours, while road officers made 67 DUI arrests, Sanderson reported. The sheriff’s office workers logged 540,960 miles during last year’s activities.

Sanderson reported more than $1.8 million street value of illegal drugs were confiscated last year in conjunction with Madisonville/Hopkins County/Vice Narcotics Unit. The vice unit made 154 arrests that were drug-related.

For the year 2017, the sheriff previously reported the agency responded to 23,421 calls for service, logged 531,564 miles and investigated 267 serious crimes in the county. Statistics also showed the vice unit collected $1.5 million street value of illegal drugs that included 104 arrests in 2017.

The agency added an additional road deputy last year due to the volume of calls in Hanson, Sanderson pointed out. The new businesses including a large super store, gas station and Carhartt generated a higher volume of traffic and other activity related calls in the growing city.

Sanderson explained the greater number of Part 1 crimes last year were mostly related to felony thefts in the southern end of the county.

“Sometimes, people think the crime appears to go up, but it’s always there,” he said, adding one crime often leads to additional reported cases. And, one individual could be linked to multiple crimes.

The sheriff also explained the statewide e-warrant system generates extra travel. For instance, when a wanted person from this area gets arrested in Pike County, HCSO is responsible for picking up the charged individual for transport.

“We’re on the road a lot,” Sanderson said. “We have more coverage now than we’ve ever had before, especially between shifts.”

The sheriff also reported his office received a 100 percent clean property evidence room audit, which was conducted by Madisonville Police Department.

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