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Published March 08, 2010, 10:10 AM

Williston Police See More Calls For Service

Williston police say they saw a sharp increase in calls for service last year, leading to more investigations, arrests and citations.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Williston police say they saw a sharp

increase in calls for service last year, leading to more

investigations, arrests and citations.

Chief Jim Lokken says a big reason is the city's growing

population due to the boom in western North Dakota's oil patch.

The police department received 6,089 calls for service in 2009,

up 10 percent from the previous year. Williston police made nearly

twice as many felony arrests last year as they did in 2008.

Lokken said there also were some "high-profile" cases last

year, including an armed bank robbery.

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