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Emergency call statistics suggest a low-key payday weekend<p>Between Friday, 26 January and Sunday, 28 January, the Public Emergency Communication Centre recorded 1 979 incidents. Of these, 706 were medical in nature, and 164 were fire-related.</p><p>Staff recorded 146 incidents of assault, 50 domestic violence cases, 228 noise complaints, and 63 motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents. </p><p>Late last night, LEAP officers arrested a suspect in Delft who was under the influence, and threatening his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint.</p><p>They also recovered a firearm and 13 rounds of ammunition. </p><p>'The statistics that are usually associated with payday weekend showed a noticeable drop this month, although our staff still had their hands full, as evidenced by the incident in Delft, where LEAP officers arrested a suspect who was under the influence, threatening a former partner with a firearm. Officers were able to de-escalate the situation, and likely saved a life. </p><p>'So, while January appears to be the anomaly in the payday phenomenon – any cautious optimism will likely be short-lived. In fact, it is likely that the trend has less to do with new-year-new-me resolutions, but likely more because many people are still recovering from the new year financial hangover,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>In general enforcement efforts, Law Enforcement officers made 220 arrests and issued 1 727 notices for various offences.</p><p>Their Metro Police counterparts made 56 arrests and issued 3 977 fines for traffic and by-law transgressions.</p><p>On the roads, Traffic officers arrested 48 suspects, including 38 for driving under the influence of alcohol, four for reckless and negligent driving and six more on various charges, including possession of a stolen vehicle, false documentation and assault of an officer.</p><p>A total of 71 290 offences were recorded, 184 public transport vehicles were impounded and 2 543 warrants of arrest were executed.</p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2024-01-28T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#5f48cb97-a02a-4f63-9365-e0241d919b8a;L0|#05f48cb97-a02a-4f63-9365-e0241d919b8a|Impound;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#46028cc0-d905-4d0d-b93d-2474492d4e36;L0|#046028cc0-d905-4d0d-b93d-2474492d4e36|Emergency call;GP0|#633591e2-ed41-4816-9750-3d5f5090deda;L0|#0633591e2-ed41-4816-9750-3d5f5090deda|illegal activity10

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