Sheriff submits year-end report for Monday’s Quorum Court meet; just under 200 arrested in 2020


At the next Independence County Quorum Court meeting, Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens will present year-end stats for his department.

The report will show the sheriff’s department averaged just over 800 calls for service each month in 2020. Out of that number came 199 arrests.

The patrol division drove almost 405,000 miles over the year in its effort to cover all of Independence County.

Stephens’ report will also show there were 2,587 crimes reported in 2020, with 1,862 of those crimes cleared or solved — a clearance rate of 74 percent. The sheriff also notes property valued at approximately $748,500 was stolen in the county over 2020, while around $402,000 in property was recovered.

And the sheriff’s department collected over $42,500 in jail-booking fees and warrant fees for the county, according to his report.

The next meeting of the Independence County Quorum Court will be Monday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m., at the Independence County Library on Main Street in Batesville.

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  1. They might have a higher clearance rate if they actually investigated crimes out in the county. I can testify that they will not.

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