It’s not often that Crawford County Sheriff Sandy Horton gets to tell good news, but Friday, he got to do just that in front of the County Commission.

It’s not often that Crawford County Sheriff Sandy Horton gets to tell good news, but Friday, he got to do just that in front of the County Commission.
Horton told the two attending commissioners that the number of cases are down, as well as the number of police calls.
“Keep in mind what has gone down is the number of criminal reports,” Horton said. “I can’t say the crime rate has gone down. I can say the number of cases and reports are down.”
Horton said each report is filed into a case. In 2008, there were 1,989 total cases that went through the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. In 2007, that number was 189 cases higher.
Also, the number of calls to the office is down from 2007. For instance, Horton reported that there were 101,542 calls placed to the sheriff’s office either through 911 land lines, 911 wireless calls and administration phone calls in the county in 2008. That number is 9,938 total calls less than 2007.
Even the traffic numbers are down. Horton reported that his office handled 551 accidents in 2008, down 37 compared to the year before.
If the accident numbers are broken down, there were 76 injury accidents in 2008, actually 11 more than the previous year. But non-injury accidents (235 such accidents) were down 46 and there was only one fatality, compared to four the year before.
Interestingly, the largest category of accidents covered by the sheriff? Vehicle/deer accidents, which were up one this year to 239 accidents.
Horton also spoke to the commission about the county jail and the programs in use there.
In 2008, 1,996 criminals were processed through the Crawford County Jail. That is 218 inmates less than 2007.
However, there are actually 106 more inmates participating in Inmate Services and Programs, including anger management courses, job/life skills courses, victim awareness and empathy, substance abuse awareness and Houses of Healing. There are also 60 inmates participating in an online education offered through Greenbush. One inmate earned enough credits through the program to graduate with a high school diploma through the program via Pittsburg High School.
County Commissioner Bob Kmiec summed up the presentation after Horton had presented it.
“Overall, it was a good year, with accidents and crime reports down,” Kmiec said. “The program participation is up. It seems like a good thing to me.”

Andrew Nash can be reached at andrew.nash@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 ext. 132.