The Ada County Sheriff’s Office issued its annual report last week highlighting trends, crime statistics and spending for fiscal year 2013. Although crimes per 1,000 people went up to 28.6 from 25.6 in 2012, the five-year trend is still pointing down. Forty four percent of the $55 million 2013 budget was spent on the Ada County Jail followed by 30 percent for police services, 18 percent for administrative services, six percent for emergency dispatch and two percent for misdemeanor probation.
The annual report highlighted the Ada County Sheriff’s office participation in what by all accounts was the biggest crime in Idaho last year, the kidnapping and rescue of Hannah Anderson in the Idaho wilderness. Multiple agencies coordinated the search and Ada County contributed. Ada County SWAT participated in the search and Ada County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Andrea Dearden managed the information flow from the multiple agencies involved to the local, regional and national media.
According to the report, Ada County Sheriff’s Office met six of its 11 targets that it tracks year to year. They missed their targets with average patrol response time less than 5 minutes (it was 5:27 in 2013), traffic crashes (956 in 2013, 789 in 2012), inmate on inmate physical violence (target is less than 2.5 per 10,000 inmate days, it had 3.1) and the number of erroneous releases from jail custody (target is less than 2.5 per 10,000 releases, they reported 4.1).