The Farmington Police Department serves a population of 7,440 which swells to approximately 8,700 during the school year, being home to the University of Maine at Farmington.
As the population of Farmington increases, so do the demands on the police department. Over the past three years, personnel have handled an average of 11,585 calls for service to include both routine and 911 emergency calls. In 2010, the department handled 9,883 calls for service with 429 of those calls being traffic crash investigations.
We continue to strive to be proactive, rather than react to problems and do so by providing information to lessen the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime. Visit our Identity Theft link to learn ways to protect yourself from identity theft, unlawful and annoying phone calls and telemarketing scams.
Traffic enforcement is a high priority of the department because it reduces traffic crashes that cause property damage, personal injury and fatalities. If you are not directly involved in a traffic crash, these costs may affect you through increased insurance costs (medical and vehicle) and other indirect costs. Traffic enforcement also helps us solve and prevent crimes. As a majority of criminals use motor vehicles in the commission of crimes, then officers can solve crime if they stop someone for a traffic offense and look beyond the traffic infraction to uncover other criminal activity. Violent crime, property crime, illegal narcotics and terrorism are some of the crimes solved by traffic stops. Studies have shown that professional criminals avoid committing crimes in communities where police are active in traffic enforcement as criminals may get stopped for a traffic infraction and be apprehended for their criminal acts. One myth about traffic enforcement is that it makes money for the local police department. In the State of Maine, all fines go to the State’s General Fund, not to the police department that issued the traffic ticket.
Teen drivers face many challenges, the least of which is not motor vehicle crashes. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in Maine. New drivers are four times more likely to die in a crash than adults. Young drivers comprise 12.5% of all drivers, but suffer 25% of all fatalities and 30% of all injuries. Although these statistics sound staggering, they can be reversed by parental involvement, driving practice and education. New drivers need additional experience and knowledge to become safe drivers. For more info on how parents can make a difference, please visit the following sites:
Operation Safeguard is the Farmington Police Department's response to try to combat the staggering statistics above. It is the department's objective to attempt to call the parents of juveniles that are stopped for moving violations and the parents of any juvenile passengers. This is just a friendly call to the parents to let them know what their kids are up to and perhaps curtail any dangerous behavior in a motor vehicle before it leads to something tragic. It is our sincere hope that notification of such behavior would open a line of communication between parents and their young drivers.
For more helpful information for parents and teens about making safe personal decisions, visit SADD.org.
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