Cartersville police expect normalcy by week's end
by Shaka S. Lias
Jan 13, 2011 | 1994 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cartersville Police Department was busy during this week's snowstorm, but busy in a good way.

Capt. J.F. Cline said with the exception of Monday's home invasion, crime was down. "Even the crooks were cold," Cline said.

Cline said the snow did play a role in finding those involved in the robbery.

"It was easy to find where people went and how they went due to the footprints," Cline said, adding the department was lucky to close the investigation so quickly.

Meanwhile, Cline said officers were busy transporting essential personnel to work.

"People that live in the city and work in hospitals, doctors, nurses and even down to the kitchen staff," he said.

Cline said they even had to transport their own employees. "We made sure personnel got to work to keep the office running."

Capt. J.M. DiPrima, who lives in Rome, said his normal 20-minute commute turned into over an hour, but he made the drive daily.

DiPrima said he knew working in the storm would be challenging.

"The storm changes operations, but we still offer the same services," he said, although accomplishing them was made a bit more difficult.

He said the department only answered about seven accident calls and all minor with no injuries reported.

Cline said that's in part to people following advice to stay off the streets.

"I think people learned a little from the ice storm a few weeks ago," Cline said.

He said he expects that a sense of normalcy will return by Friday and expressed appreciation to citizen's for staying in during this weather.