The final ‘living flag’ created by thousands in red and white t-shirts. (Twitter/@Coast_Capital)

Police recieve fewer calls than last year’s Canada Day, but make more arrests

With 142 calls from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Canada Day

It was a busy night for Canada Day celebrators during the day’s events, but it was also a busy day for Victoria Police.

In the full 24-hour period of July 1 VicPD received 303 calls for service.

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“That’s a lot,” stated Bowen Osoko, VicPD’s community engagement officer, in an email. Several of the calls received were related to high-resource files that are still under investigation and are not related to Canada Day specifically, added Osoko.

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In a 12-hour period, police received 142 calls for service and made 20 arrests with most of them for being intoxicated.

Last year in the same time period — 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. — Victoria Police responded to 157 calls in Victoria and Esquimalt and made 17 arrests specific to Canada Day.



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

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