2010-2020 Dearborn Police Calls to Service Data
2009 - 2020 Calls to Service Analysis
Finding 1: Most Calls to Service are Not Related to Crime or Criminal Activity
2010-2019 Calls to Service by type
Of the 963,638 calls to service analyzed, most were unrelated to crimes or criminal activity.
26% were related to civil traffic violations
23% were calling officers out on patrols
25% were to administer human services
16% were to provide municipal services
10% were non-traffic law enforcement
Finding 2: Very Few Calls Place Officers in Danger
Of all of the calls to service, 86% were to address a situation that had already passed by taking a report, providing patrols, or to engage in police escort/guard duties. Only 12% of all calls to service placed officers in added danger beyond that which an average person might encounter going about their day to day life. Only 1% of calls were to engage with an actively violent subject.
Finding 3: Very Few Calls to Service Address Violence
In 2019, Dearborn Police reported only 330 violent crimes to the Department of Justice, and only 1% of all calls to service were to engage with an actively violent subject.
Finding 4: The Police are being Called to Provide Municipal and Human Services
25% of all calls to provide human services
16% of all calls were to provide municipal services
Finding 5: The Dearborn Police are Focused on Traffic, Property, and Patrols
26% of calls to service were for traffic violations
12% of calls to service were for property crimes
14% calls to service were for park-and-walk patrols
2009 - 2020 Calls to Service Data
Dearborn Police Calls to service represent calls made by the public or by other officers to address a particular situation. When the call for service is issued, it is assigned to an officer based on proximity or patrol beat. Understanding calls to service provides insight into what kinds of situations the Dearborn Police are being brought in to address, and how our communities understand the role of the police.
These reports for 2009 - 2020 Dearborn Police calls to service are linked below:
Concerns Regarding Data Quality
Ambiguity of labels.
Labels like “lost child/property” and “found child/property” were difficult to categorize, as the service offered to recover property should be very different from the service offered to return children safely home.
Mid-year start and end.
Because the data provided for 2019-2020 were for July - July we were not able to include these data in our final analysis, as these data duplicated a portion of 2019.
Additional Resources to Understand Calls to Service
These resources provide important information about the harm of the police responding to calls to service that are unrelated to law enforcement:
Policing is a less dangerous profession than typically believed:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not list policing in its top ten most dangerous professions.
Michigan Law Review reports that traffic stops are extremely low risk
Proactive Patrols Don't Improve Safety
Police in schools cause harm:
Criminalizing Our Neighbors
Dearborn Police neighborhood watch program (this page has been removed in the launch of the new DPD site)
Dearborn Police Criminalize Bike Riding
Interactions with the Police are Deadly for the Disability Community
Police Fail to Protect Survivors