Whereas the Libby Police Division didn’t obtain any fireworks-related complaints over the Independence Day vacation, officers lent a hand in a pair of pyrotechnics-related fires.
Police Chief Scott Kessel informed Libby Metropolis Council on July 6 that one blaze started behind a neighborhood lodging home whereas the opposite occurred on Hamann Avenue.
Within the former incident, officers recovered Roman candles and partially empty beer from the scene, he mentioned. The latter occurred after fireworks particles was tossed haphazardly right into a pickup truck.
Kessel credited the shortage of fireworks-related police calls to the hassle the division put into outreach forward of time, reminding residents that pyrotechnics are banned inside metropolis limits.
“The blokes have been fairly proactive,” Kessel informed metropolis councilors.
Kessel additionally launched police response statistics for June: Division personnel responded to 216 service calls, made 22 arrests, and issued 16 citations and 17 metropolis ordinance violations, largely associated to weeds, tall grass and junk, he mentioned.
Whereas arrests have been up over this time final yr, service calls have been down. In 2020, officers responded to 254 calls, made 13 arrests, and issued 24 citations and 13 metropolis ordinance violations. Kessel chalked the distinction in calls as much as the pandemic. In June of final yr, individuals have been chaffing underneath stay-at-home orders, he urged.
“The large distinction is in trying by means of the requires service,” he mentioned. “We had a whole lot of domestics, harassment, fights — individuals have been beginning to get bored with being locked inside. That’s my rationalization for there being an uptick.”
June 2019 noticed 260 requires service, however 40 of these have been traffic-stop associated and stemmed from additional DUI patrols.
Through the replace, Kessel mentioned that one other member of the division had contracted and recovered from the coronavirus. At this level, half the division has come down with the virus, he mentioned.