56 calls, no arrests

The Lytle Police Dept. responded to 56 calls for service this past week. We had four property crimes reported. A window was broken out on a vacant house on Bank Street; it didn’t appear that anyone entered the home. A visitor to John Lott Park reported that the passenger side door of his vehicle had been “keyed” and a complainant reported that she was “scammed” out of $250. She was fooled into providing her bank account info. to one of those fast-talking con people that we all know and don’t love. The final property crime of the week was the report of a theft of a motor vehicle. The complainant reported that his 1983 Blue Chevy P/U was taken from HEB Plus on Saturday around 2 PM. The complainant has been unable to provide the LP or VIN on the vehicle, so we aren’t even sure who the owner is.
We did not arrest anyone this past week. We did make two trips to San Antonio with mental health patients. One on a mental health warrant at Camino Real, he was taken to Laurel Ridge. The other was a result of an emergency detention at Burger King. A homeless person was transported to Southwest General Hospital after officers determined him to be a danger to himself.
So what else did we do last week? So….13 calls were for either vehicle accidents or reckless drivers, 11 calls were for suspicious persons or vehicles and 6 for welfare checks. The rest were spread around other various types of calls such as civil matters and vehicle unlocks.
The City Council voted to cancel the annual fireworks show, I guess there was no way to cram over 1,000 people in the park and expect them to be able to social distance. While I enjoy the fireworks show, I must admit it will be nice to focus on just regular 4th of July stuff for a change.
So I get asked lots of questions concerning the current events surrounding the calls for police reform. Now I don’t claim to be an expert, I’m just a small country town police chief. I have spent the last 20 years trying to do what is right and be fair, sometimes I get it right and sometimes I’m wrong. So here is my condensed response….There is always room for improvement and change, law enforcement is not exempt from this.
I miss the old June days of the past when people would talk about how hot it was and ask if it was ever going to rain. The good old days….nobody wore a mask, except bank robbers, and comments about police reform were followed by a donut joke.