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December 27, 2013

2013 busy year for many city workers

Police made about four arrests on average day; firefighters responded to 13 medical calls per day


The Police Department was similarly busy, handling 32,489 calls for service and making 1,516 arrests — a little more than four arrests per day on average. The mayor said police handled about the same number of services calls and made a similar number of arrests last year.

Fiorentini and police Chief Alan DeNaro have maintained crime fell slightly in 2013 compared to the prior year, based on statistics compiled by the department. Police union officials contend crime, especially violent crime and gang activity, is on the rise, however, and that the crime statistics are unreliable.

Firefighters responded to 35 building fires and 4,410 medical calls in 2013 — about 13 medical call per day on average, according to the mayor.

The year ends with the firefighters union and the mayor at odds over the reliability and condition of aging fire trucks. Firefighters have complained the public and themselves are potentially at risk due to the age and condition of several pumper trucks. City Council is set to consider next month a proposal from the mayor to borrow money for one new pumper truck, but fire Chief Richard Borden and firefighters have said more are needed.

Over at the City Clerk’s Office, the staff handed out 4,356 permits, including 2,200 dog licenses, 963 death certificates, 750 birth certificates and 331 marriage licenses.

The Assessor’s Office updated values on 21,183 properties and inspected another 2,340 properties, the mayor said. Workers in that department also handled 75 tax abatement cases.

The Water/Wastewater Department responded to 1,765 service calls, the mayor’s information showed.

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