Last year was busy for the Stowe Police Department. Officers responded to 5,274 incidents in 2017 — 622 more than last year.

Those numbers showcase what the town’s 22 full- and part-time police officers do over the course of a year, from tracking down thieves to pulling over speeders, and from serving restraining orders and investigating assaults to helping Stowe Emergency Medical Services and Stowe Fire Department on calls.

Stowe Police Chief Don Hull said the rise in incidents is due, in part, to a new tracking method that included directed patrols — times when officers drive, walk or cycle around Stowe looking for crime — as separate incidents…

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