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Heat wave keeping public safety officers busy
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The streak of high heat is keeping Kalamazoo's public safety officers busy.
The department says it's seen about a 10% increase in calls over the last week.
Officers often deal with more crime during the warmer weather months but this heat is bringing about a different set of issues.
"We see a lot more fights, a lot more assaults, a lot more crowds, a lot more quality of life type crimes," said Asst. Chief Brian Uridge.
Uridge says under certain circumstances no air conditioning coupled with alcohol or drugs can make for a dangerous combination.
Sergeant Will Moore says while the calls can come from any area, about two-thirds of them come from low-income areas.
"They don't have air conditioning, they're frustrated. It's kind of like a little spark sets them off and they begin to fight," Moore said.
He adds they also handled a lot of domestic assaults, as well.
"It's hot. People are short-tempered," Moore said.
Those calls are reflected in the "Quick Reports" link on the department's website. There you can check out why officers were called to a neighborhood and at what time. You can also report a tip.
KDPS officers might now be able to prevent every fight or incident but Moore says they do try to be proactive.
"We don't ever want to be reactive. So we try and hit the hot spots."