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Published March 26, 2011, 05:02 PM

Williston Police Calls up 250 percent in 2010

Police in Williston reported a 250 percent jump in calls for service last year as oil activity created an influx of people. The department received 16,495 calls for service in 2010, compared to 6,089 calls in 2009.

By: Associated Press,

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Police in Williston reported a 250 percent jump in calls for service last year as oil activity created an influx of people.

The department received 16,495 calls for service in 2010, compared to 6,089 calls in 2009.

Police Chief Jim Lokken tells the Williston Herald that it's a heck of a jump, but he says added population brings more activity.

He says calls for service could mean ticketing a car in front of someone's house, a welfare check, shots fired or anything else that requires police to respond.

Lokken says help is on the way. A new code compliance officer will start working in the next week, and three new officers will complete training and be on the street by summer.

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