Message From The Director
Welcome to the Spanish Fork Public Safety Web Page. This year has been one of growth for both residential and commercial business areas. This past year the City Council was presented with several needs from your Public Safety Department.
In reference to the Police Department, officers continue to see an increase in calls for service. Here is just a brief overview of the past few years.
During 2007 we had 28 police officers and 18,974 requests for services, which amounts to 678 calls per officer. In 2016 with 32 officers we responded to 24,250 requests for services, which is about 750 calls per officer. This past year, 2017, we were able to increase our police force from 32 to 36 officers. In 2017 we had 24,130 calls for service, which amounts to 670 calls per officer. Our goal is to have enough officers to respond to requests as well as perform proactive community policing. With the increase of officers we are able to do this.
With the increase in growth and calls for service we continue to monitor the community needs in order to provide the best services with the least amount of strain on the city funds. Gratefully we continue to see support, and needs, from our City Council, Citizens and those in the Business Community. We are very fortunate to live and work in this area where there is community trust and support. You can see more data about the calls for service in our year end report.
Our Emergency Medical Services have been fulltime at the station from 7am to 7pm. During this time we see nearly a three to one ratio in calls from this time to our night time calls. Since implementation of this schedule we have seen a response time average drop from four minutes to one minute. We all know that it is crucial to get medical needs addressed in a timely manner. Our EMS personnel are responding faster than they ever have. Our Fire and EMS teams serve with honor and integrity. They continue to protect property and save lives. We are truly fortunate to have these men and women serving the community. We will continue to monitor the needs and cost to share with the Council for possible improvements to these services.
This year we purchased some ground on the east side of Spanish Fork, specifically 2550 East Canyon Road. Here we will be placing a new Fire/EMS station. We are working with a committee comprised of citizens, past and current firefighters, EMT's, city engineers and others to design a building to present to the Council for approval. The construction of this building will be a few years out, however we wanted to start early and proceed methodically in order to make informed decisions along the way without being rushed at the time of implementation.
I invite you to get to know the goings on in the city and your local Police Officers, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians. Please know that your Public Safety Department is here to serve you. We do our best to appropriately address any needs from what may seem trivial to the traumatic. Your Public Safety Officers in each of these divisions know their duties and keep up to date on the best practices to ensure that Spanish Fork Citizens are well served.
We know that to perform our jobs and achieve success it takes dedication, education, experience and above all community involvement. We are grateful that citizens get involved. Please continue to: Be involved and make a difference.
If you have any needs or desires of your Public Safety Department please contact us.
We are here to Protect and Serve.
Chief Steven G. Adams