Barkhousen said the department was spending more time on the preventive crime and stating, “you can either have more citations or less burglaries.” He did say the department a year ago was more aggressive on the traffic end.
Also helping the police statistics and the leveling of crime could be the added time the reserve department is spending at the job. Before Gray came to the department, the reserves were required to work ten hours a week, said Barkhousen, but now are required to work 16.
Barkhousen added the reserves get out of the patrol cars during the night to check businesses. He said this has definitely helped in the leveling off of burglaries, car clouts and thefts as well as malicious mischief.
Although the earlier period used in the statistics shows proportionately higher crime, the added reserve hours would help to minimize any rise in crime. However, the reserves numbered 10 in the earlier period while now there are only seven.
Irene Hilsendager’s column each week touches on moments in the history of Cotati, Rohnert Park and Penngrove.