2016 Williston crime report


WILLISTON, N.D. - Williston's latest crime figures show a significant drop in almost all categories. The 2016 report shows sexual assaults are up 30 percent, and there were more attacks on police officers. But those are the exceptions.

Several other crimes decreased dramatically in 2016.

"The decrease of population and the increase of officers and the resources the police department has now," said Lt. Detective Amy Nickoloff.

In 2016, there were 786 accidents, down from nearly 1,500 in 2015. Radio Calls also dropped by more than 50 percent. There were nearly 500 fewer people jailed last year, as well.

"I definitely see the numbers being maintained or being lowered as we move forward," said Nickoloff.

Nickoloff thinks an increase in community outreach and other programs are having an effect.

"I believe we are making great efforts to making a safer community for our citizens and I believe we will keep moving forward from here," said Nickoloff.

With an increase in oil activity, it will remain to be seen if this year becomes the norm, or the odd man out.

The 26-page report also included reports from the Northwest Narcotics Task Force, the K-9 unit, and 911 Dispatch.