Pulaski County saw an increase in drug arrests in 2016, while DUI arrests remained nearly the same.
About the data source:
Pulaski County law enforcement agencies report their crime statitics to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) which administers the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Statistical Analysis Website. Agencies are responsible for the “timely submission and accuracy of their data,” according to the MSHP. The numbers reported in this article reflect the numbers of crimes recorded in the UCR as of Jan. 2, 2017. Every law enforcement agency in the state of Missouri has been required to report its crime data to the UCR since 2001.
Types of crime:
The UCR keeps track of data concerning all types of crime, including violent and property crime. The Daily Guide reported the violent and property crime statistics last week. This week we are taking a look at the arrests for drug and alcohol related arrests, not convictions. The data only focuses on the arrests.
In 2016... There was a slight rise in the number of drug related arrests in Pulaski County. The total number of drug related arrests was 533 compared to 474 in 2015. However, the number of DUI arrests in 2016 was 214, only one different from 2015 where there were 215 arrests. The UCR breaks the arrests down by gender, age, and ethnicity. There was a significant change in the number of arrests made for individuals up to 18 in Pulaski County between 2016 and 2017. There were 98 arrests of individuals up to the age of 18 in 2016, while there were 157 arrests in 2015, a 59 arrest difference.
5 individuals were arrested for the sale or manufacture of opium or cocaine and their derivatives in 2016, up one from four in 2015.
4 arrests were made for the manufacture of marijuana in 2016, down from nine in 2015.
19 individuals were arrested for the sale or manufacture of synthetic narcotics in Pulaski County during 2016, up from the 17 that were arrested in 2015. Synthetics include such drugs as bath salts and K2.
46 Arrests for the sale or manufacture of other dangerous, non-narcotic drugs were made in 2016, compared to 43 in 2015.
11 people were arrested for possession of opium or cocaine and their derivatives in 2016, while 9 were arrested in 2015.
194 possession of marijuana arrests happened in 2016, down from the 222 that were made in 2015.
59 individuals were arrested in 2016 for possession of synthetic narcotics, almost double from the 30 that were arrested in 2015.
195 people were arrested for possession of other dangerous non-narcotic drugs in 2016, up from the 140 that were arrested in 2015.
214 Driving under the influence (DUI) arrests were made in 2016, which was only one less than the 215 that happened in 2015.
Males vs. females... Men represent the bulk of the arrests for both 2016 and 2015. 303 men were arrested for drug related crimes in 2015, while 358 males were arrested in 2016. In 2016, 175 women were arrested for drug related crimes, up only four from 171 in 2015. There were also more males than females arrested for DUI in Pulaski County. In both 2016 and 2015, 155 males were arrested for DUI, while 60 females were arrested in 2015 and 59 were arrested in 2016.