Arrests for crimes increased throughout Halifax County last year with each department in the county reporting increases in arrests from 2018 according to the Virginia State Police’s Crime in Virginia 2019 report that is compiled by the Uniform Crime Reporting Section of the Department of State Police.

Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Department and Halifax Police Department all saw increases in arrests, and Halifax Sheriff’s Office and Halifax Police Department also saw increases in incidents.

Halifax County Sheriff’s Office responded to 617 incidents last year, up from 572 in 2018. There were two reported murders in 2019, down from the four murders the previous year.

The sheriff’s office made 935 arrests in 2019, which is a very big increase from the 696 arrests made in 2018. The sheriff’s office responded to 57 burglaries, 74 destruction of properties, 111 simple assaults, 22 aggravated assaults, four kidnapping/abductions, seven forcible rapes and four arsons.

The sheriff’s office reported 132 offenses of drug/narcotic violations, 34 drug equipment violations and 29 weapons offenses according to “Crime in Virginia.”

They also made 48 arrests for driving under the influence, 32 arrests for drunkenness, nine disorderly conduct arrests, 31 trespassing arrests and 517 arrests for “all other offenses.”

The sheriff’s office driving under the influence arrests skyrocketed in 2019. In 2018, they had 20 total arrests for DUI and that number rose to 48 last year.

The arrests in Group B that includes DUI, drunkenness, trespassing and “all other offenses” went from 443 in 2018 to 645 in 2019.

Halifax County had a population estimate of 25,446 in 2019 according to the report, with an incident rate per 100,00 of 2,424.7.

South Boston Police Department saw a decrease in incidents but their arrests were up in 2019 compared to the 2018 reports. In 2018, the department had 693 incidents, and last year, they only had 657. Last year, they had 386 arrests, up from 336 in 2018.

There were two murders in 2019 in South Boston, up from the zero in 2018. They also reported 129 simple assaults, 19 aggravated assaults, 53 burglaries, 79 destruction of properties, 43 thefts from a motor vehicle, 64 “all other larceny” and 151 shopliftings.

The police department also made 42 driving under the influence arrests, 29 arrests for drunkenness, 16 trespassing arrests and 50 for “all other offenses.”

South Boston Police Department also reported 66 drug/narcotic violations, 16 drug equipment violations, five pornography/obscene materials, one animal cruelty report and 30 weapon law violations.

The drug arrests in 2019 were down significantly from 2018. In 2018 the town reported 95 drug/narcotic offenses, and it was down to 66 in 2019.

Halifax Police Department also saw an increase in incidents and arrests in 2019 as they reported 57 incidents in 2019 compared to 47 in 2018. They reported 41 arrests in 2018, and that number grew to 52 in 2019.

Halifax PD reported eight simple assaults, two aggravated assaults, nine burglaries, five destruction of property, one shoplifting, two motor vehicle thefts and nine “all other larceny.”

They also reported 17 drug/narcotic violations, two drug equipment violations, one animal cruelty and two weapon law violations.

There were 16 arrests for Halifax Police Department for driving under the influence, three for drunkenness, one trespassing arrest and four “all other offenses.”

Per state mandate, the Department of Virginia State Police serves as the primary collector of crime data from participating Virginia state and local police departments and sheriff’s offices.

The Virginia State Police Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division collects the data via a secured internet system.

This information is then compiled into Crime in Virginia, an annual report for use by law enforcement, elected officials, media and the general public. This data becomes the official crime statistics for the Commonwealth and are sent to the FBI who modifies and incorporates them in their annual report, Crime in the United States.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV