The Village also has reviewed data from Isabella County Central on the calls for service from the village in recent years. That data has been converted into a graph which is shown below.
The data has also been broken down to compare Lake Isabella with both state and national crime data for our most common offenses. In all cases it shows that Lake Isabella has a below average crime rate. That data set is shown below. While Lake Isabella is below both the state and national averages for our most common incidents one problem can be seen in the data. That is both the state and national averages have been trending down over recent years while Lake Isabella's has been trending up.
In light of this trend, and also the frequent concerns of our residents regarding traffic speed, and community policing needs the Village has drafted a simple Request for Proposals. This RFP has been submitted to the Sherman Township Marshal, Isabella County Sheriff, and Michigan State Police and is due back by next Friday.
Local law enforcement agencies have been hit very hard in recent years due to budget reductions. All local agencies have been asked to do more with less. The Village realizes that this places an incredible demand on the services from our local law enforcement agencies. Demands which ultimately lead to less time they can for regular patrol and community policing in our community. Based on the data we received and reviewed, we feel that one way to help reverse the trendline of recent years is a very moderate and visible increase in law enforcement presence.
The Village Council is looking to do a three-year trial of what impact increased law enforcement presence has. This will be done at no additional cost to our residents. If the Village Council opts for some type of additional police presence the data for the three year period would then be reviewed against the data from previous years to see what the impact was and what the needs of the community are at that point in time. If none of the responses to our RFP fall within the financial ability of the Village, the Village Council is open to considering other options to increase police presence.