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Police calls up 30 percent in three years
Even with higher volume, response times drop
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Calls for service have never been higher for McMinnville Police Department, yet officers are answering calls much faster, according to information released Tuesday by the department in its annual report.The report says McMinnville officers answered 23,765 calls in 2013, an average of 65 per day. That’s up 10.6 percent from last year and an increase of 32.9 percent over the past three years.Yet despite increased call volume, officers are responding much faster, a response time average of 2.88 minutes in 2013. That’s better than the 4.49 minute response time in 2012.“The main thing is, and I’m sure people have noticed this, is our guys are very mobile and visible around town,” said Police Chief Bryan Denton.