Trenton Reports 1936
Employs 229 full time. Expenditures $499,595.09
The two-way police radio system inaugurated on May 28 marked the beginning of a new era in crime prevention and police service in Trenton. The official call letters of the station are W3XFK. Fifty men comprise the radio section, with six motor patrol zones, three in each police precinct. In each zone a radio car manned by two policemen cruises 24 hours daily. The crew of each car changes after eight hours duty.
This two-way radio telephone system provides instantaneous communication with police headquarters and speedy contact with the public when a crime has been committed. In the first seven months of its existence radio cars responded to 7,885 police alarms. The greater portion of calls were to scenes of crime, to apprehend criminals, speeders, hit and run drivers and to answer fire alarms. Since its adoption, citizens have commended this modern type of police service and readily recognize its potential advantages and the improved service rendered. On an average, it takes but two minutes for a radio car to arrive at the scene of an emergency call.
Arrests for the year number 9,070, an increase of nearly 3,000 over 1935. This figure, however, does not include the several hundred juveniles taken into custody during the year and forthwith turned over to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, as required by law. More than half of the total arrests, or 5,424, were on account of violations of the State Motor Vehicle Act, the State Traffic Act and the City Traffic Ordinance.
Arrests for drunkenness showed an increase of almost 200 over the previous year—1,229 as against 1,063 for 1935. Thirty-six of these were for drunken driving.
|Police Radio brings to the scene of an emergency in a few minutes|
two or more trained officers properly equipped.
The department was successful in recovering and returning to their rightful owners 187 of 364 automobiles reported stolen. The recoveries represent a value of $58,111.
After a lapse of several years, police training school activities were resumed under the supervision of a trained instructor. A six-weeks' period of daily instructions is given the men. The curriculum covers State laws, city ordinances, police rules and regulations, scientific investigation, fingerprinting, administration, accident prevention and motor vehicle laws. The training program also includes classes in pistol practice, under the supervision of a small arms instructor, physical training, first aid and life saving.
ARRESTS DURING 1936
Carrying Concealed Weapons
Drunk and Disorderly
Forgery and Counterfeiting
Liquor Law Violations
Offenses Against Family or Children
Other Sex Offenses
Receiving Stolen Property
All Other Offenses
A marked improvement in the enforcement of traffic regulations is indicated by the 5,434 arrests for violation of State and city traffic regulations, compared with 2,335 for the last year.
An accident Prevention Bureau inaugurated during the year is in conformity with the approved standards of the National Safety Council and considerable improvement in the maintenance of accident records is noted.
The public address car operated by the Traffic Bureau in connection with its accident prevention activities, is used in many ways. Warning pedestrians of the necessity for obedience to traffic officers and signals, aiding citizens during grave emergencies, directing movements and making announcements to crowds at public events are but a few of the uses of this car.
In 36 of our public and parochial schools, the School Safety Patrol reports a "no accident" record for the year.
SUMMARY OF MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS FOR 1936
|Total Motor Vehicle Accidents || 1,767|
|Total Number of Persons Injured || 646|
|Total Number of Persons Killed || 19|
TYPE OF ACCIDENT
|Collision with : || |
|Pedestrian || 362|
|Electric Car || 1|
|Other motor vehicle || 1,221|
|Bicycle || 43|
|Railroad Train || 2|
|Horse-Drawn Vehicle || 10|
|Fixed Object || 110|
|Non-Collision || 18|
|Total || 1767|
|AGES OF PERSONS KILLED|
Up to 4 years || 1|
|5 to 14 years || 2|
|15 to 24 years || 0|
|25 to 64 years || 10|
|65 and over || 6|
|Total : || 19||
|AGES OF PERSONS INJURED|
Up to 4 years || 57|
|5 to 14 years || 154|
|15 to 24 years || 138|
|25 to 64 years || 246|
|65 and over || 51|
|Total : || 646|
LOCATION OF ACCIDENT
|Location||TOTAL||FATAL||Non-Fatal||Property Damage Only|
|At intersection || 939|| 8|| 257|| 674|
|Not at intersection|| 826|| 11|| 286|| 529|
|Not stated|| 2|| 0|| 0|| 2|
|Totals|| 1,767|| 19|| 543|| 1205|