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Busy Bees: Guyton PD Continues to Grapple with Surge in Calls for Service

The Guyton Police Department continues to see an overall rise in calls for service, with calls some months surging beyond the number of households in the City of Guyton.

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The Guyton Police Department, in October 2021, transitioned to a full-time agency, according to Chief James Breletic, though the agency did not tell anyone for eight months, for some reason unbeknownst the public. Since that time, the agency has changed how it reports calls for service and asked Effingham 911 to do the same.

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The data below is compiled by the reports that are provided by Effingham 911. Effingham 911 handles dispatch for Guyton Police Department.

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Per the U.S. Census Bureau, the City of Guyton has 752 households.

In a recent city council workshop, Mayor Russ Deen purported to a citizen that the population of Effingham County was ‘exploding,’ which is why the number of calls for service in Guyton has increased. According to the U.S. Census, the population of the City of Guyton has grown by ~2.5% per year in the last five years. However, the number of citizen-initiated calls has remained relatively flat.

You can see specific call types, crimes, and offenses in the PDF at the bottom of the article.

Reactive Calls are calls for service which are initiated by citizens.
Proactive calls are calls for service which are initiated by police officers, like traffic stops, GCIC inquiries, ‘direct patrol,’ ‘business premise checks,’ warrant service, and agency assists.

The Guyton Police Department considers all of these calls, including medical, EMA, and fire calls, ‘calls for service’ for the PD.

The Guyton City Council recently approved a $100,000 increase in the annual police department budget over the FY 2022 budget. The police department budget has increased more than $400,000 since Mayor Russ Deen and Chief James Breletic assumed their posts, but since the citizen-initiated calls for service have remained relatively low, the cost-per-call has only increased.

https://thegeorgiavirtue.com/wordpress/1/2022/08/Guyton-Calls-for-Service-1.pdf

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Jessica Szilagyi
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Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gzYAZT

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