1,500 calls to police as we saw 2013 out

Wharfedale Observer: 1,500 calls to police as we saw 2013 out 1,500 calls to police as we saw 2013 out

West Yorkshire Police took more than 1,500 calls on New Year’s Eve, making it one of the busiest in recent times.

The force had a major operation to meet the challenges, with hundreds of staff, including additional call takers, custody staff, PCSOs, special constables and patrol officers, led by a senior officer in each of the five districts.

Between midnight and 5am the force answered 1,505 calls. Almost 1,100 were to 999 – an increase of about 50 compared to New Year’s Eve 2012.

Some of the calls related to vulnerable missing people. All were found safe and well.

By 5.30am, there were 180 people in custody across the county. Most were arrested for drunkenness, public disorder and minor-injury assaults.

Mark Gilmore, Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, said: “I want to thank all of our officers, staff and volunteers for their dedication – many of whom worked very long shifts – to ensure we were able to cope with the demands.

“Often faced with intimidating and unpleasant situations, their selfless and positive actions ensured that the vast majority of the public were able to enjoy the New Year’s celebrations safely.”

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