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BY MARY GARRISON
Holidays are always busy times for local and state law enforcement officials, and this year's Memorial Day weekend was no different.
West Point Police Department responded to a number of incidents, including several calls related to domestic violence, simple assault and disturbance of the peace, according to WPPD Chief Tim Brinkley.
"I haven't compared the numbers yet, but it appears we were a little busier this year than last year," Brinkley said. "The volume of calls was high. â€¦ People were off, and when it's during the holiday, sometimes you'll see more instances of consumption of alcohol. That may be a contributing factor (to domestic violence calls)."
Brinkley said the department responded to four calls of simple assault, three calls of disturbing the peace and three calls of domestic violence â€” one of which was an aggravated charge â€” in addition to traffic incidents.
The department responded to a number of calls involving juveniles, as well. It's a trend Brinkley said appears to be growing nationwide, though he would not speculate as to the reasons.
Specific numbers from West Point highways (traffic calls) were not available as of Tuesday, however, Brinkley said no fatalities or serious incidents were reported.
"We did have a safety checkpoint," Brinkley said. "I'm sure that helped."
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said Clay County Sheriff's Deputies saw similar results on the road. While final numbers were not available Tuesday as of press time, Scott said CCSD deputies responded to several minor incidents, though no major accidents or fatalities occurred during the holiday weekend. Checkpoints, increased visibility and initiatives such as "Click It or Ticket," which seek to heighten awareness of seatbelt penalties, helped to curb excess traffic violations, Scott said.
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