The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has released its annual Crime In Tennessee report, detailing the reported incidents from the law enforcement departments in Monroe County.
The report is based upon crime statistics submitted by all law enforcement agencies across the state.
The agencies report crimes to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS), which is the state’s version of the FBI’s National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS).
TBI Director David B. Rausch, in a letter at the beginning of the report, stressed that the numbers provided should only be used to see trends inside individual departments and not to compare one department to another.
“As always, we strongly discourage ranking of law enforcement agencies according to the statistics. There are too many demographic, socio-economic and other factors out of the control of law enforcement that contribute to the nature of the crimes committed,” Rausch noted in the letter. “Crime varies from place to place and ranking the agencies based solely on number would neither be fair to the agencies nor their communities.”
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department had 1,861 total offenses last year with 728 being cleared, giving the county a 39.12% clearance rate.
That was a decrease in total offenses from 2020 when the department reported 2,264 offenses and cleared 934 of them, giving them a clearance rate 41.25%.
The total number of arrests the county made in 2021 was 660 with 582 arrests being adults and 78 being juveniles.
In 2020, the department logged 849 arrests, 775 adults and 73 juveniles.
The Madisonville Police Department reported a total of 519 offenses last year with 288 reported as cleared, giving Madisonville a clearance rate of 55.49%.
The 2020 report showed a total of 560 offenses reported with 285 being cleared, earning the department a clearance rate of 50.89%.
The department reported 444 arrests in 2021 with 438 arrests being adults and six arrests being juveniles.
In 2020, 382 arrests were reported with 370 arrests being adults and 12 arrests being juveniles.
The Sweetwater Police Department reported a total of 685 offenses last year with 482 cleared, giving the department a clearance rate of 70.36%.
That marks an increase across the board, as offenses reported in 2020 were 601 and 315 were cleared for a rate of 54.41%.
The department reported 413 arrests made in 2021 with 405 being adults and eight juveniles.
There were 370 arrests reported in 2020, 360 of them adults and 10 juveniles.
The Tellico Plains Police Department reported 27 total offenses with 21 cleared, giving the department a clearance rate of 77.78%.
In 2020, the department reported 45 total offenses with 24 cleared, for a rate of 53.33%.
The department reported 24 arrests made last year with all being adults.
In 2020, there were 43 arrests, with all 43 being adults.
The Vonore Police Department reported 154 total offenses for 2021 with 72 offenses cleared, giving the department a rate of 46.75%.
In 2020, there were 223 offenses with 93 of them being cleared, presenting a rate of 41.7%.
The department made 73 arrests last year with all 73 being adults. In 2020, 88 arrests were made with all 88 being adults.