The Sanford Police Department has a very interesting post on their Facebook page this week. You could call it a reflection on the year that was 2021.

Police departments receive emergency calls for a whole variety of reasons and they get a lot over the course of the year. The Sanford Police department had over 25,000 calls in 2021. That's an average of 70 emergency calls a day or 3 calls every hour every day of the year. That my friends is a day in the life of a dispatcher.

Every call to the police is logged and a record is kept. The Sanford Police looked over those logs at the end of the year and shared every reason they were called in 2021. So let's count them down from number 15 to number 1.

15. Trespassing - 334 Calls

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TSM South Jersey

14. Domestic Disturbance - 391 Calls

13. Homelessness calls - 419 Calls

12. Theft/Fraud - 421


11. Disturbances: 604

10. Motor vehicle crashes: 663

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Prot Tachapanit

9. Total arrests to include summonses: 690

8. Welfare checks: 700

7. Animal Complaint: 723

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6. Suspicious Activity: 843

5. Building/Area Check: 1,222

4. 911 Hang-ups/Misdials: 1,297

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3. Follow-up Investigations: 1,306

2. Assist Citizen: 1,312

1. Motor vehicle stops: 2006

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