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Riverhead Town Police reported 198 criminal incidents and 42 arrests in the month of June, according to a monthly public safety report released by Police Chief David Hegermiller.

Arrests made last month, according to data in the report were:
aggravated unlicensed operation (1)
assault (1)
burglary (1)
criminal contempt (3)
criminal obstruction of breathing (1)
criminal possession of a controlled substance (3)
driving while under the influence of drugs (1)
driving while intoxicated (9)
grand larceny (1)
harassment (1)
menacing (1)
petit larceny (3)
rape (1)
town code violation (3)
warrants (12)

Of the 42 arrests made last month, 30 people were arraigned on the charges brought against them. The rest were issued appearance tickets for a later court date.

Criminal incidents reported by police in June (198) were up 25% over June 2020 and were about the same as in June 2019, when 192 criminal incidents were reported.

There have been an average of 167 criminal incidents reported each month so far in 2021, up 21% from an average of 138 per month in the first six months of 2020, which included the months of the coronavirus shutdown. The average number of criminal incidents reported monthly in the first six months of this year were up 5% over the first six months of 2019, when an average of 153 criminal incidents per month were reported.

Riverhead Police reported an average of 29 arrests per month for the first six months of 2021, versus an average of 27 arrests per month for the first six months of 2020, which included the months of the coronavirus shutdown. In 2019 police reported an average of 82 arrests per month in the first six months of the year.

The contrast of arrests reported pre-pandemic and post-pandemic is sharp. Police reported 53 arrests in January 2020 and 52 arrests in February 2020. That monthly number fell to 28 arrests in March last year, when the pandemic struck New York. It dropped to just 7 arrests in April 2020, followed by 17 in May and 11 in June of last year.

Criminal incidents reported last month included: assault (2), burglary (3), criminal mischief (28), fireworks (8), fraud (5), graffiti (9), grand larceny (18), identity theft (8), menacing (1), petit larceny (61), reckless endangerment (2), and stolen vehicle (3).

Police issued 470 traffic summonses, 54 town code summonses and 346 parking tickets in June.

Altogether, Riverhead Police received 2,637 calls in June, up 26% over June 2020, and slightly lower than the 2,757 calls received un June 2019.

There were 2,439 noncriminal incidents reported in June, including 402 aided cases (ambulance calls), 202 motor vehicle accidents and 237 automatic alarms (burglary and fire alarms, residential and commercial.)

Among the aided cases last month was one nonfatal overdose, bringing the number of overdoses reported by Riverhead Police this year to 12, all nonfatal, according to the monthly report.

Riverhead Town Police monthly report, June 2021 by RiverheadLOCAL on Scribd

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