Sheriff’s report: serious incidents down, financial crime up

Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent Lindgren
Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent Lindgren

The Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Department responded to 11,702 calls in 2012, 2,500 more than in the previous year.

Of those, 3,967 were considered Part 1 and Part 2, or more serious, incidents, Sheriff Brent Lindgren reported in his annual report to the Mille Lacs County Board at its Feb. 5 meeting. That number was down from 4,747 in 2011.

Those are the crimes that are reported to the FBI, Sheriff Brent Lindgren said in an interview Monday.

“I think the thing I wanted to hit [in the report],” Lindgren said, “was that a lot of people keep saying that crime is down. But a lot of our crimes were up.”

For example, there were 238 burglaries reported in 2012, 64 more than in 2011. There were 294 thefts, 70 more than in 2011, and 365 disturbing-the-peace complaints, compared to 235 in 2011.

There were 11 robberies in 2012, up from 3 the year before, and 3 kidnappings, compared to none in 2011.

Lindgren’s office keeps track of ICRs (incident complaint reports) in its records management system for all police agencies in the county.

There were 27,590 ICRs in 2012, up 17 percent from the total of 23,580 in 2011.

There were 5,780 from the Princeton Police Department last year, 4,612 from the Mille Lacs Tribal Police Department, 2,949 from the Milaca Police Department, 1,914 from the Isle Police Department and 633 from the Onamia Police Department.

There were 2,481 adults and 117 juveniles booked into the county jail in 2012, with an average daily population of 79.

The county boarded 313 inmates for other counties, resulting in $292,640 in boarding fees. The majority came from Stearns County which paid $184,950 in boarding fees.

In addition there were $20,124 in booking fees, $1,204 in miscellaneous recovered fees, and $7,101 in Pay to Stay fees for total revenue of $321,070 in 2012.

The Sentence to Serve program, in which inmates work at jobs around the county for various entities, provided 938 hours of service, with an estimated value of $26,120.

For the full story, see the Thursday, Feb. 14 print edition of the Times.