March was a busy month for Auburn Police.
According to the monthly report, officers were dispatched to 490 more calls for service and made 17 more arrests in March than in February. There were increased calls for robberies, domestic violence and sex offenses and missing persons.
School Resource Officers made two arrests as they handled 147 incidents, including criminal cases, fighting, bullying and other disruptive behavior.
The traffic division stepped up enforcement, issuing 55 tickets and 16 more during weekend DWI patrols.
Chief Shawn Butler tells Finger Lakes News Radio the department is understaffed right now. He’s hoping to get two injured officers back to either light duty or patrol by the end of the month, but more are on the way out, either temporarily or permanently.
He says the manpower shortage makes it difficult for the officers to find the time to get out of the patrol cars to interact with the community.