DRPS has fielded nearly 2,400 calls related to COVID-19 pandemic

The DRPS has fielded nearly 2,400 calls from residents related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a media release, that volume has decreased to around five per day as much of the province – excluding Durham and other areas of the GTA – moves into the second phase of restrictions Friday (June 12).

“The majority involve groups of five or more people (in houses, in parks, etc.) and non-compliant businesses (majority are actually in compliance),” it reads.

“Officers are following up on these calls and taking an educational approach. So far, 15 charges have been laid and 52 cautions issued.”

When reviewing the time period of March 17 to June 10, 2020 and comparing it to the same time period in 2019, changes have been seen in the following call types:

– Unwanted Person calls are up 352 incidents (an increase of 47 percent);

– Suspicious Person calls are up 101 incidents (an increase of nine percent);

– Domestic and Domestic-Related calls were down 18 incidents (a decrease of one percent);

– Assault calls are down 202 incidents (a decrease of 41 percent); and,

– Theft calls are down 457 incidents (a decrease of 55 percent).

Police also noted that there were 1,657 motor vehicle collisions throughout the region from March 17 to June 5, 2019 and only 838 in the same timeframe this year.

That represents a decrease of 49 percent.

Citizens can report a gathering of more than 10 people or a non-compliant business on www.drps.ca under Online Services – Community Concerns. As a secondary option, citizens can call the DRPS non-emergency line at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5802 and leave a message.

“The DRPS will endeavor to respond to these calls in a timely manner, however, our focus continues to be on emergency calls for service,” the media release reads.

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