Alcohol and Assaults Top the Incident Report for Police
THUNDER BAY – It was a busy night for Thunder Bay Police and for Superior EMS. The first night of the long weekend saw assaults, sexual assaults, fights, and a large number of alcohol related incidents.
Police were called out to several disturbances, and domestic disputes in the downtown Fort William Business area. There was evidence of several issues.
Officers were called out to a disturbance at 2:28:51AM EDT at the corner of Brodie and Victoria Avenue East.
Officers and EMS responded as well to a call at Shelter House at 01:30AM, a woman had been assaulted and arrived at the Shelter for help.
The number of alcohol related calls for police often ramp up on Long Weekends. Many people feel the need to party, and don’t seem capable on knowing when to stop.
There were 148 Quality of Life calls reported to police. Eight involved drugs, and ninety-seven involved alcohol.
Often those calls are a part of domestic disturbances and lead to some of the assaults that Police and Paramedics end up dealing with.
In Thunder Bay, the De-Tox centre is often full, and lately so is Shelter House.
In the south side of the city, Shelter House is often a gathering point where people who are hurt, intoxicated or looking for help.
One of the issues appears every long weekend to be issues with people drinking too much. In the downtown south core, often people bring alcohol with them to the licenced establishments, and stash it outside, and leave the bar to consume it. Saturday mornings and Sunday mornings, often the bottles, cans are left, sometimes full and unopened.
This morning in the downtown Fort William neighbourhood, one individual commented he had found two and a half packs of cigarettes and several bottles of beer and alcohol.
Police and Paramedics along with Fire Fighters are not social workers. Often the process is that the people who need the help the most however can only find it from the police and paramedics because the system doesn’t have social workers working at night.