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Evansville Police reports 209% increase in controlled substance cases in 2021, 75% increase in DUI cases

File; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News

CASPER, Wyo. — The Evansville Police Department saw significant increases in calls and cases of controlled substances, DUIs, and traffic violations, according to a social media post Friday.

Elaborating on the annual report at the town council meeting Monday, January 10, Evansville Police Chief Mike Thompson said there had been 4,561 cases reported to the FBI under the current Uniform Crime Reporting program in 2021, compared to 2,718 in 2020: a 67.8% increase.

Thompson added that the increases were confined to seven case categories. All the other categories saw decreases. Cases of “unauthorized use of motor vehicles” were down almost 100%, Thompson said.

Thompson credited these trends to proactive policing practices. 

2021 saw a 209% increase in controlled substance cases, “and no, they were not all marijuana-related,” Thompson said on social media.

Evansville also saw a:

  • 75 increase in DUIs
  • 210% in increase in property thefts
  • 117% increase in ATLs (attempts to locate)

Of the 7118 calls generated in 2021, about 50% was traffic related.

Thompson said the busiest times of day are between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. with the busiest days being Tuesday and Friday. 

Compared to “pre-COVID” 2019, there was a 17.3% increase in calls for police service.