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Police report fewer calls for service

The Evanston Police Department responded to 10 percent fewer calls for service last year than it did in 2008.

The Evanston Police Department responded to 10 percent fewer calls for service last year than it did in 2008.

The department’s annual report, which the city made available online this weekend, shows 36,544 calls for service in 2009, compared to 40,690 in 2008 and 43,401 in 2007.

The department earlier this year released numbers showing that major crimes — those used to compile the FBI’s national statistics about crime — dropped 13.4 percent last year.

The newly released numbers cover all calls for service. Major crimes have been just over 7 percent of the total calls during the past three years, with lesser crimes adding another 13 percent.

Nearly 80 percent of the calls the department received were not crime-related.

Police Chief Richard Eddington, in the report, says those range from noise and animal complaints to parking enforcement issues.

The 66-page report also contains data on arrests, traffic stops, and other department activities.

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