The annual report from the Kuna Police Chief Justin Dusseau shows that overall crime is down in Kuna for 2013 with only 477 reported crimes compared to 558 in 2012. While person crimes and society crimes remained steady, the big drop was in property crimes such as theft and vandalism. With lower numbers of crimes, the crime rate was 29.9 per 1,000 population, well below the five-year average of 31.8. In 2012 the rate was 35.7.
Kuna Police responded to 3,188 citizen calls for service in 2013, less than the 3,382 in 2012 but more than 2009 (2,882), 2010 (2,933) and 2011 (3,051). Kuna saw the lowest number of arrest in five years with only 338, nearly 100 less than 2012 Kuna has seen declining numbers of arrests since 2009 when there were 485. There were 468 in 2010 and 447 in 2011.
While Kuna residents are refraining from getting arrested, they seem to be getting involved in more traffic accidents. There were 89 in 2013 compared to just 60 in 2012, 58 in 2011 and 64 in 2010.
Crime in Kuna has started out at or below average so far in 2014 compared to 2013. For the first three months of 2014, citizen calls are on average for the last three years as well as arrests with just 35 as of the end of March. Proactive policing is up, however. There have been 982 traffic stops and security checks in 2014 compared to the three year average of just 731.
At the most recent Kuna City Council meeting on May 6, the council and mayor were introduced to Gunner, Kuna’s K9 member of the team who regularly conducts “scent work.”
In 2013 there were more than 1,000 incidents of “scent work” that were conducted in Ada County. Vehicles, houses, schools and other facilities were sniffed and according to the police, about a third of those sniffings resulted in finding drugs or paraphernalia. According to a K9 map of 2013 incidents, nearly $1.5 million in drugs were removed from the community through the dog’s efforts. In 2013, the highest concentrations of drugs found by the K9 occurred on 4th Street between Avenue D and N. Linder Avenue, however there were many searches conducted downtown along Main street and in the park as well.