Police feel the weight of crisis response: A small number of people account for hundreds of police calls – April 24, 2021
Sixteen people accounted for nearly 600 calls to the Astoria Police Department last year.
Many involved drinking in public, emotional outbursts, fighting, welfare checks, abandoned junk and trespassing. They often shared the common threads of homelessness, mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse.
While most of the calls did not lead to arrests, court appearances or jail time, they placed a significant burden on police….
Read the article in the Seaside Signal here.