by Jonathan Weaver
A state police trooper recently made an appearance to answer questions posed by residents and North Buffalo Township supervisors.
State Police Trooper Lieutenant Thomas Dubovi attended the supervisor’s monthly meeting April 11, but not because anyone was in trouble. He said he has not been to a formal meeting to show his activity in the township in a few months and wanted to receive and address any public opinion.
1.25 “As part of my duties, I travel to different municipalities at each township meeting,” Dubovi said.
Dubovi issued township supervisors a map of burglaries, thefts, car accidents, assaults and other incidents in the township state police troopers have responded to since the beginning of 2011. The map is not only used by supervisors, but Dubovi said it is also used by troopers to track activity.
2.21 “What we do with that is we look for patterns of crashes and burglaries and stuff and try to put our resources where those issues are occurring,” Dubovi said. “If we get an intersection or part of road where there are a lot of crashes, then we try to do some kind-of enforcement to reduce that.”
Dubovi said the map also can be used for new homeowners.
3.32 “If you’ve got someone who wants to move into your community, these are ways they can find out what your crime rate is in your community, like under the UCR (Uniform Crime Reporting) reporting on the website,” Dubovi said. “It’s a good selling point if you have a low crime rate and want to move into your community, so that way you can give them some information and they can check.”
A resident was concerned about trooper response to calls. Dubovi said the state police force is currently under-staffed, but that they respond to as many incidents as possible, within reason.
8.34 “Not everything that’s called in to the state police is a state police matter, or with any police. Everyone wants to make it a police matter, but you only have so many resources to go around and you don’t want to commit your resources to something that’s not a police matter.
“We want to be available so we can respond to those crashes, domestics or robberies in progress,” Dubovi said.
Township supervisors thanked Dubovi for attending the meeting and updating them of criminal reports.