COVID contributes to record low Farmington crime rates

Director Ted Warthman will present an annual report Monday that shows the impact of COVID-19 on the Farmington Public Safety Department.

The presentation is part of the April 19 regular city council meeting, held virtually at 7 p.m. During a 6 p.m. special meeting, officials will interview two candidates for the Construction Board of Appeals and hear a report about the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission.

Warthman’s presentation, included in an online packet, credits the pandemic, in part, for across-the-board declines. The department arrested just 249 adults last year, a stunning drop from 600-700 in each of the previous four years.

“While these historically low crime statistics are most likely the result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Warthman wrote, “the members of the Farmington Public Safety Department continued to remain highly visible to its residents, visitors, and motorists that passed through the city in 2020 which I am sure had an impact as well.”

Other items on the 7 p.m. agenda include:

  • consideration of a $90,000 loan from the general fund to the Farmington Civic Theater
  • event applications for the Library History Challenge and Summer Reading Final Dance Party, and the VegMichigan vegan festival
  • acceptance of an Oakland County West Nile Grant
  • extending the 2018 Concrete Road Patching Program with Hartwell Cement Company to include City Hall ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) improvements
  • transmittal of the proposed 2021-2022 budget

Council members will hold the 6 p.m. special and 7 p.m. regular meetings via the Zoom teleconferencing platform. Instructions for attending are posted at farmgov.com.

The agenda and supporting materials are available here: farmgov.com/City-Services/Government/Agendas-and-Minutes.aspx

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