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Police assistance calls on the rise

Calls for help from officers up about 30 percent in 2012

9:55 PM, Feb. 6, 2013
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A willingness to unlock residents' vehicles is one of the main reasons calls for Wisconsin Rapids police assistance took a significant jump in 2012, authorities say.

Wisconsin Rapids officers responded to 2,382 calls that were classified as officer assistance - 27 percent more than the average for the previous four years, according to numbers compiled by Wisconsin Rapids Police Lt. Brian Krzykowski. Overall calls to the Police Department and the services provided rose 4 percent from the four-year average to 24,953 in 2012.

"We certainly have increased assisting our citizens, ...

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