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GFPD provides info on Christmas Day incidents

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Posted at 4:38 PM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 18:38:33-05

GREAT FALLS — The Great Falls Police Department shared on Facebook an overview of incidents and activity from Christmas Day, which they described as "relatively light" in terms of calls for service.

The GFPD began by saying that they are "overwhelmed" with all of the delicious treats delivered to the station recently, and thanked everyone who made, or bought, tasty snacks and cards of appreciation.

Officers had a relatively light Christmas day with only 80 calls for service, including:
🚓 1 DUI / 1 RADD
🚓 6 Welfare Checks
🚓 12 Suspicious Activity
🚓 19 Disturbances

Among the incidents:

Officers intervened when a rider refused to pay for taxi services after being driven across town.

A community member, who was very upset and screaming at a 911 dispatcher, reported experiencing pain in their chest and complained of being disrespected by a brother-in-law who was using foul language. When the dispatcher told the caller they were sending help, the caller yelled “f@#% you”. When officers and Great Falls Fire Rescue emergency medical personnel arrived the caller refused their help.

A call came in to the dispatch center from the east side of the country. The person told the 911 dispatcher they were concerned for a family member who was feeling down and has a history of suicidal tendencies. When officers made contact the community member reported feeling better than usual and not at all suicidal, just tired of the “holiday spirit.” The family member across the country was relieved to hear the update.

While officers were investigating a report of suspected child abuse they contacted the child’s guardian and learned the child had been disciplined for touching a restricted, and possibly dangerous, item in the home. Officers noted there were no visible signs of injury and the child’s behavior was relaxed and unafraid so they cleared the call.

Officers checked out three incidents, in three separate areas of town, of community members hearing knocking on their windows. During one such incident, the homeowner told the dispatcher that it had happened a couple of times and would like officers to check the area for suspicious activity. The homeowner called back a short time later and told dispatchers that it was just their friends playing a prank and to call off the cavalry. The other two incidents were unfounded.

Personnel at Benefis Health System Emergency Department requested an officer speak to a patient who was admitted with a stab wound. Upon investigation, SPO Larson determined there was no crime as the patient had accidentally stabbed themselves in the leg while working on a leather project.

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