Chief Executive Officer
Joseph W. Costa
Welcome to the DeSoto Police Department’s Annual Report for 2018 . We hope that you will enjoy this edition and become informed of some of the highlights relative to the overall efforts and activities of the dedicated men and women that make up the entire department. This includes all of our officers, employees and volunteers in Administration, Code Enforcement, Animal Control and the Tri-City Jail. In 2018, we realized many accomplishments! We are proud to report that our overall Part 1 crime decreased by 25% as compared to 2017, and, overall response times de- creased by 7%. This is incredible due to the fact that at the end of the year our full time officer vacancies were at 17! In May, the department dedicated a granite Law Enforce- ment Monument to honor officers that lost their lives in the line of duty. This beautiful memorial will forever stand at the front west side of our building. In order to hire new officers an aggressive recruitment program was implemented early in the year. This program included a signing bonus and lateral entry for the hiring of TCOLE certified Police Officers with at least two years of experience. Also, City Ad- ministration approved pay raises for all city employees which included a raise to $60,000 for first year police officers. These incentives aided in the recruitment of both qualified certified officers and non-certified candidates. Our goal is to be fully staffed with all 78 sworn officer positions filled by June of 2020. Over the last five years, our crime rate has also decreased by over26%! Calls for ser- vice that involve domestic or family violence continue to be our leading, and most dan- gerous calls to which we respond. In 2018, once again, domestic violence calls de- creased, in fact they have decreased over the last five years by over 27%.
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