NEW: Watertown police respond to 24,483 calls for service in 2021  (Audio)

February 7, 2022
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–The Watertown Police Department responded to nearly 24,500 calls for service last year–an increase of four percent from the year before.

That information is contained in the department’s annual report that’s out today.

Police Chief Tim Toomey tells KWAT News that Watertown continues to be a safe place to live…

Assistant Chief Ryan Remmers says there were 674 traffic accidents in the Watertown city limits last year, but zero fatalities…

Remmers says DUI arrests made by Watertown police were higher last year. There were 283 arrests, a 29-percent increase from 2020….

Toomey says one concerning statistic in the 2021 report was the number of suicides. There were 12 in Watertown last year; double the number from the year before…

Toomey says it’s rare that they field complaints about a Watertown police officer’s conduct….

The annual report can be found on the police department website.