Merriam police annual report shows modest decrease in major crimes over recent years


Merriam’s annual crime report which was highlighted for the Merriam City Council this week by Chief Mike Daniels, shows that major crimes decreased in 2014 in all but one category.

That single category was murder, which had one incident during the year compared to none in 2013. The crime statistics provided by the department also showed the major crimes dropping slightly across a 10-year reporting span with 2014 having 653 in the categories compared to 719 in 2013 and nearly 900 10 years ago.

Besides the single murder, Merriam also had three rape reports, five robberies, 135 assaults, 64 burglaries, 392 thefts, 54 auto thefts and one arson over the last calendar year. The report includes a more detailed breakdown of each of those categories plus many more.

The report also shows that more than $100,000 was received through forfeitures, details the number of times police had to use force – and what type was used – to make an arrest (officers pointed a service weapon four times during the year). The total use of force was 21 times among the 1,251 arrests officers made during the year.

The department wrote 3,508 police reports during the year and received 12,976 calls for service.

From the 11,446 court citations made by the department, $1,252,934 was collected in fines.

The department also responded to 590 accidents of which 121 involved personal injury and 25 were alcohol related. The top accident location was Shawnee Mission Parkway and I-35 with 94 accidents. The section of Shawnee Mission Parkway in Merriam accounted for 32 percent of all the city’s accidents.

The report also contains narrative descriptions of cases officers faced, including the homicide and an attempted homicide, rape and kidnapping among others.  The full report can be found here.