Buffalo Police Chief Jason Carder gave his end-of-year report for 2020 at the recent Buffalo City Council meeting, saying the previous year had been “a really weird year.”
Chief Carder also said he was expecting the number of calls to be down overall this year, but that was not the case, with officers responding to just over 14,000 calls for police service and dispatch handling nearly 42,000 phone calls during the year.
There were almost 3,200 9-1-1 calls in 2020 and 1,700 animal complaints addressed by the animal control officer.
DUI arrests increased to 54 last year due to proactive 24/7 patrols, according to the report.
Additionally, Chief Carder touched on other joint accomplishments of both the police department and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office such as performing 22 child investigation cases in the county; 20 drug investigation cases which lead to 17 arrests an seizure of an estimated 22 to 25 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value between $990,000 and $1.1 million; with investigations still ongoing.
The BPD also participated in 24 special events in the community during the year.