Deputies handle more felony cases in first quarter of 2013, Sheriff reports
In the first quarter of 2013, felony investigations in Genesee County have increased 71 percent over the same period in 2012, according to Sheriff Gary Maha.
Maha delivered a report today to the Legislature's Public Service Committee.
The increase (52 cases up to 89) seems to be the result of more burglary and grand larceny reports.
There have also been more sex-related criminal reports.
For the office of investigations, there's also been a significant increase in pistol license background checks.
For the Local Drug Enforcement Task Force, the most prevalent drugs seen locally are cocaine and marijuana, but there has also been an ongoing increase in the possession and sale of prescription medications, particular hydrocodone and OxyContin.
For road patrol, deputies responded to 7,032 incidents during the quarter. That's a 10-percent hike over 2012.
However, 9-1-1 calls dropped 11 percent year-over-year to 6,033.
Non-9-1-1 calls are up 10 percent to 30,472.
At the same time, the jail population has dropped from an average of 76 inmates to 72, though the female population has increased from 12 to 15.
The Sheriff expects the Commission of Correction to recommend adding seven corrections officers (which includes two supervisor positions).
More female inmates, since they must be housed at facilities in neighboring counties, could add $150,000 in expenses.
Genesee Justice currently has a caseload of 594. There were 203 new case files opened in the first quarter, compared to 214 a year ago.
The Child Advocacy Center handled 65 new cases, compared to 57 a year ago.
For Sheriff's Office administration, the Sheriff continues to work on fundraising for a new K-9. The villages of Bergen and Oakfield renewed their patrol contracts.
Maha anticipates a need for more seasonal deptuties to handle the Darien Lake concert series. Last year, there were 10 positions. He's requesting 15. Darien Lake reimburses the county for the cost of these positions.
The Sheriff expects the Commission of Correction to recommend an increase of seven corrections officers (which includes two supervisor positions).