VicPD officers were kept busy Saturday night, the natural choice for Halloween parties in the city given the actual day falls on a Tuesday this year.
Police responded to 90 calls between noon Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday, with everything from raucous house parties to breaking up fights and the usual downtown intoxication cases taking officers’ time.
According to VicPD’s Twitter site – the department’s online ridealong was active on the night – the first party-related call came shortly before 5:30 p.m. to a residence that wound up being a neighbourhood kids’ party. The call apparently came from a neighbour in a dispute with another. A similar call later came with a complaint that fireworks were being set off.
Not all calls related to Halloween parties or intoxication, however. Other ranged from a suspected counterfeit currency situation at a fast food restaurant, to delivering a person to get mental health help after the individual was refused entry to a local shelter and was causing a disturbance.
A cyclist, wearing no helmet and dressed entirely in black, was stopped after riding through a red light.
Largely absent from the list of calls were responses to suspected impaired driving, with only a few listed among the Tweets.
Calls continued to come in after 1 a.m. for party noise complaints and the online ridealong shift wound up around 2 a.m. with details of more fights being dealt with and participants in those scuffles refusing medical attention.