THUNDER BAY – Crime – Thunder Bay Police were busy on Saturday night with a lot of calls. There were 146 calls for service from Police over the past twenty four hours. There were three weapons offences, eight assaults, and a whopping fifty-eight quality of life calls. Police were called to numerous locations on Saturday to deal with intoxicated individuals.
Saturday night was a ‘Strawberry moon’ or full moon. While some might believe the full moon doesn’t impact how people react, simply based on the issues police dealt with overnight, that issue appears to be one with merit.
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In addition to there were four break and enters, seventeen thefts and one robbery reported by Thunder Bay Police.
Each morning, walking the streets of our city, one sees the impact of alcohol. Broken glass, empty bottles, park benches surrounded by empty mouthwash bottles are all too common. Friday and Saturday night there was a marked increased police presence in the downtown. That seems to help.
Police however are only responding to the symptoms of a broken system. The use of police as a frontline solution to issues of alcohol, drug abuse and the ongoing issues generated by those people impacted by those addictions, is far more costly to taxpayers than other solutions.
In Thunder Bay the issues of addiction require greater investment in treatment programs, and in education.