You will find our police officers helping

Date: April 11, 2019


“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would  say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.
You will always find people who are helping.’”   ~ Fred Rogers, host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood 

You can see Ferguson Township police officers filling in as crossing guards at Ferguson Township Elementary School; talking with students, teachers and parents, and teaching people of all ages how to Run, Hide, Fight should they encounter an active shooter. Our police also teach parents how to properly install child car seats, offer home checks for vacationing residents, and host a bike safety obstacle course at their annual Bike Rodeo. This year’s Bike Rodeo will take place on Saturday, June 1.    

Ferguson Township Police are everywhere in our community. If you follow our monthly Police Statistics and Calls for Service, you’ll learn that our officers are helping by handling numerous calls for service each day.     

In January, our officers responded to 348 calls for service—including two assaults, six thefts, one burglary, seven fraud cases, four criminal mischief complaints, 19 disorderly conduct calls, and a combined total of seven DUI, drug, liquor law and public intoxication violations. As first responders at accident scenes, they responded to 26 crashes. They also provided ambulance assistance to residents asking for help—from basic first aid   to administering CPR.     

Ferguson Township Police investigated a check-cashing scheme, an individual secretly recording his roommates, a young man threatening and assaulting his girlfriend,   an employee theft at a veterinary clinic, and a church burglary.

The majority of calls were from residents asking for help with their concerns such as:

• dogs missing, running at large or off leash, barking, or experiencing possible neglect;
• public arguments among family members and roommates
• snow removal complaints
• loud voices or loud music playing
• a stranger knocking at their door

Residents even called police about fraudulent food orders and upsetting Facebook posts. Some expressed concern for their neighbors’ well-being and for an elderly person seen walking in the extreme cold. Being good neighbors, they also reported items they found, such as a cell phone on the bike path.     

Every day, our police are helping people who are suffering emotionally, injured, ill, addicted, or confused. The calls include domestic violence, family conflicts, suicides, suicide attempts, overdoses, heart attacks, injuries, illnesses, and missing persons. In January, for example, a caller did not recognize her husband; another could not locate her husband, and a mother reported her son had not come home from school. 

Ferguson Township Police document how officers are helping—in a format prescribed by law.  
View Police Statistics from 2014 to 2019