Chief: Incidents increase

YEAGERTOWN — According to Mifflin County Regional Police Department Chief Scott Mauery, incident statistics for the month of July increased slightly from last year.

During a meeting for the MCRPD Board of Directors, Mauery said a total of 206 incidents were reported in Derry Township in July, while the July 2017 total was 195. Additionally, 50 incidents were reported in Brown Township, a jump from the 34 recorded in July 2017. Mauery said that the incidents could be attributed to increases in sex offenses, suspicious deaths and drug-related crimes.

Mauery also reported that 46 percent of Part I offenses were cleared last month, along with 36 percent clearance of Part II offenses. Part I offenses are the most serious, such as homicides and sexual assaults. Part II offenses include crimes such as burglary, assault, etc.

In other business, Mauery reported that the Civil Service Commission has requested re-appointments, which was later approved by the board. Additionally, he stated that applications for civil service testing for police officers will be accepted until Aug. 22, with the testing scheduled for next month.