ALPENA - The Michigan State Police Alpena Post issued its annual report of 2013 arrests and other activities, on Thursday, and figures are up dramatically.
"We're working harder at the post," Commander 1st Lt. Mike Hahn said. "We're taking on more complaints than we did last year and we're solving more of them than we did last year and we're making more arrests than we did last year.
"I can't say that crime is up or down, but I can say that the men and women at the Alpena post are serving this community well."
The post received six additional troopers between 2012 and 2013, he said.
"We're certainly able to provide more patrol and dedicate more time to our criminal investigations," he said.
The post handled 3,173 complaints in 2013, compared to 2,667 in 2012, he said, adding it was an increase of 506 contacts. His office serves Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, Oscoda, and Presque Isle counties.
In 2013, troopers and detectives made 972 original arrests. In 2012 that figure was 534, he said.
The post also had 375 fugitive apprehensions in 2013 compared to 247 in 2012.
"We took on more cases and we took on more troopers to work with them," Hahn said.
Of the arrests, 264 were for felonies and 1,083 were for misdemeanors, he said.
Among the more serious crimes in 2013, three suspects were arrested for armed robbery and seven for weapons violations. Thirty-six were brought in for breaking and entering; 20 for criminal sexual assault; 26 for domestic violence, and 16 for assault. Another 55 individuals were arrested for narcotics crimes and 64 for operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Among other highlights:
the command staff helped evaluate plans last January for dealing with campus shooting incidents at local school districts, as well as Alpena Community College and the Alpena Regional Medical Center.
troopers joined members of the MSP Emergency Support Team, Underwater Recovery Unit, Bomb Squad, Motorcycle Unit, and K-9 units in May 2013 to participate in Public Safety Days.
in June 2013, the post implemented a new traffic safety initiative to address high levels of traffic accidents occurring in Alpena's busy M-32 shopping corridor. Residents complained about the strip's declining safety and traffic crashes in the area have been greatly reduced as enforcement continues.
the post coordinated two fugitive sweeps and two sex offender registry sweeps, netting a number of arrests. Members of the MSP Seventh District Homeland Security Team, as well as the district's fugitive team, participated and more sweeps are planned for 2014.
the post's community services trooper coordinated a one-day charity event called "Stuff A Blue Goose," at Neiman's Family Market and Walmart, collecting 1,342 food items and 967 toys that went to families for Christmas.
Det. Sgt. Jennifer Pintar received the 2013 Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker trooper of the year award, and post secretary Teresa Rucinski received the Floyd M. Bell civilian of the year award.
the MSP is continuing to hire new troopers. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/mspjobs