The director of the Riley County Police Department told county commissioners Thursday that a new method will be used to track Fake Patty’s Day incidents in the future.
RCPD Director Brad Schoen said the change is due to the expanding nature of the activity. “Fake Patty’s Day is not a one-day event,” Schoen said. “It’s kind of a three-day event.”
Schoen also told commissioners the event, which took place March 10, seemed more controlled than it did in 2011.
“At least from the cop shop side of things, I didn’t feel like it was out of hand or about to get out of hand,” Schoen said.
In the past, RCPD has tracked citations and arrests during a 24-hour period between 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday. He noted the department has the numbers for that time frame for this year’s event, but it also focused on three 24-hour periods starting Friday and ending at midnight Monday morning.
Schoen said over the three-day period this year 556 citations were issued. He said that might seem like a high number, but it is due in part to a bigger emphasis on enforcement and more officers out writing citations.
Schoen said the change will give RCPD officials as well as county and city officials a better picture of the ebb and flow of Fake Patty’s Day. The data could also be used to identify specifically what time and on what days problems start to occur.
He also told commissioners that some of the numbers he reported at Monday’s meeting were inaccurate because of the rush to process them. There were actually 63 arrests made by the RCPD Saturday, not 86, which Schoen initially reported. He attributed it to a data entry error.
Schoen also reported different citation numbers for the period from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday. During that period, RCPD officers issued 496 citations, of which 190 were parking citations. In 2011, officers issued 607 citations.
Johnette Shepek, county budget and finance officer, also reviewed ending and beginning cash balances in the county’s general fund Thursday morning.
The county started 2011 with a beginning cash balance of $3.84 million. Adding in $18.22 million in ad valorem taxes and other revenue sources, the county’s available resources totaled $22.06 million.
After total expenditures, disbursements and transfers of $18.22 million, the county’s unaudited 2011 ending cash balance was $3.84 million. It’s a slight increase from 2010’s ending balance, and Shepek noted ending cash balances generally have been flat over the last four years.
Shepek said after variances related to miscellaneous expenses, the 2012 beginning cash balance for 2012 is $2.43 million.