From staff reports
CARTHAGE, Mo. —
During the annual Marian Days celebration, the number of people in Carthage far exceeds the normal population of the city.
But statistics compiled by the Carthage Police Department counted far fewer calls for service at Marian Days during the three-day festival last week than in the rest of Carthage during the same period.
Police responded to 166 calls for service at or around the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix during the gathering that brings tens of thousands of Catholics of Vietnamese descent to Carthage each year. That’s up from 138 calls the year before.
By comparison, there were 463 calls for service in the rest of Carthage during the festival, according to a report issued by police Chief Greg Dagnan.
Leading the list among Marian Days police responses was the number of parking tickets — 64 — issued during the festival. Police responded to one accident, 27 other parking issues, 13 towed vehicles and 13 vehicle searches.
Other calls were for peace disturbance, six; fighting, one; lost and found subject, six; keys in vehicle, two; drug arrests, three; other arrests, 22; theft reports, one; and medical calls, seven.
Compared with the 25 arrests related to Marian Days, there were 58 arrests in other parts of the city in the same period.
Law enforcement officers worked nearly 2,000 hours during the event. The work of Carthage police officers totaled about 900 hours. Carthage Police Explorers logged 125 hours. Hours by outside agencies totaled 950 hours.
Officers are hired from other law enforcement agencies in the region to help provide security during Marian Days and to allow the Carthage Police Department to maintain regular staffing inside the city.
COSTS FOR THE EXTRA POLICE OFFICERS are shared by the city of Carthage and the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix, which pays a 75 percent share.