The State of Crime and Policing in Maywood–2013

February 11, 2014 || By Michael Romain

At a January 29, 2014, Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting, new Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley presented to the Board the department’s annual report for 2013. In a statement released in the report, Chief Talley, who took office on December 16th of last year, touted his staff and the Village’s welcoming atmosphere, in addition to emphasizing that 2013 was a year “free of suspicious deaths, drug overdoses, and vehicular fatalities.”

The following graphs, based on information in that report, illustrate the state of crime and policing in Maywood in 2013.

Personnel

In addition to acquiring a new chief, the department gained a new deputy police chief in Commander of Field Operations Elijah Willis. Officer Sonja K. Horn was promoted to Commander of Administrative Services last year. Both Deputy Chief Willis and Commander Horn are graduates of Northwestern’s School of Police and Command Staff. Below is more detailed information on the department’s demographic composition.

The Maywood Police Department’s Human Makeup

Department Makeup By Gender And Race

Information and illustration by Maywood Police Department.

The Fleet

In 2013, the Maywood Police Department had 23 squad cars (makes: Ford or Chevy; models: Crown Vic, Impala, Taurus and Charger; type: Sedan); 9 SUVs (makes: Ford or Chevy; models: Tahoe, Explorer, Expedition and Suburban); 1 van (a Ford Econoline); 4 bicycles and 3 Segways:

Fleet

Illustration by The Village Free Press. Source: Maywood Police Department.

Police Activity (Not Quite As Exciting — Or Easy — As You May Think)

While the age-old stereotype of pot-bellied police cozied up in their squad cars nursing coffee and donuts may not be going anywhere anytime soon, the reality seems to be a lot different. In 2013, the overwhelming majority of a Maywood police officer’s time was spent conducting premise checks (more than 27,000 of these routine monitoring/patrol activities were logged last year); writing out parking citations or false alarm citations or traffic citations (nearly 12,000 parking citations, or 33/day, were filled out last year); and struggling with the nauseating boredom of paperwork (filling out tow reports, crash reports, vice reports, complaints, etc.–these numbered in the several thousand).

Consider this: On top of all of the citations the police already have to deal with–every arrest, report, search and seizure they carry out has to be logged or tracked. Every single one. To put this in some kind of perspective, imagine having to write/type out the ingredients of every meal that you eat throughout the day. Every single day. For a police officer, a major crime report would be the equivalent of writing out the ingredients of everything you ate at Old Country Buffet after stuffing yourself and then offering a written report of the circumstances surrounding your meal. Who was sitting at the table across from you? What were you guys talking about? Who else witnessed you feeding your face? You probably get the picture by now.

The graph below breaks down the Maywood Police’s enforcement activity in 2013 by type:

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Illustration by The Village Free Press. Source: Maywood Police Department.

As with most places, Maywood seems to be a much safer place in the day than at night (evening and early morning hours). In certain areas, such as misdemeanor and felony arrests, the difference between night and day is like night and day (pun intended). For instance, in 2013, there were 205 felony arrests that occurred during the midnight and evening shifts, but only 29 during the day–a difference of 86 percent. With misdemeanor arrests, the difference between those that occurred during the midnight/ evening shifts and those that occurred during the day was 73 percent. Most astoundingly, however, is the fact that the police recovered 97 percent more firearms during the midnight/evening shifts than during the day. The bottom-line: Maywood is a different place at night than it is during the day.

Maywood Patrol Enforcement Activity (2013)

Illustration by The Village Free Press. Source: Maywood Police Department.
Percentage Difference of Enforcement Activity (Day and Night)

Illustration by The Village Free Press. Source: Maywood Police Department.

Investigations

In 2013, the Maywood Police Department investigated more cases of missing persons (118 juveniles and 81 adults) than they did burglaries (68), robberies (30) and armed robberies (60) combined. See the chart below:

Maywood Police Investigations

Illustration by The Village Free Press. Source: Maywood Police Department.

Ten-Year Assessment 

The following charts track the year-by-year comparisons of Maywood’s homicide and aggravated battery rates between 2003-2013. From the data, it appears that, while homicides have been drastically reduced in the Village–from a ten-year high of 20 in 2003 to a ten-year low of two in 2009–the  number of aggravated batteries in Maywood have increased drastically. For perspective, according to the data, there were only 31 aggravated batteries in 2009. Last year, there were 93, a 200 percent increase.

According to the report, Chief Talley and his department plans to reduce shootings and homicides by 10 percent this year. Their goal for overall crime reduction is 5 percent.

Yearly Homicide and Agg Battery Comparison, 2003-13

Illustration by The Village Free Press. Source: Maywood Police Department.

The Difference A Year Makes–Total Crime Down, Arrest Rates Up

Crime Rates, 2012-13

Illustration by Maywood Police Department.

To read the Maywood Police Department’s 2013 annual report in full, click here. VFP

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