RPDPS has busy holiday weekend
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By Jud Snyder  July 12, 2013 12:00 am

The Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety had a busy July 4 from 7 in the morning Thursday to 7 a.m. the following day. According to Director of Public Safety Brian Masterson, who delivered his report to the city council on Tuesday night, it was slightly busier than July 4, 2012.

Masterson noted all sworn officers were on duty both days, plus many other department staffers.

They had 421 calls for police service compared to 352 in 2012,  90 calls for fireworks aid compared to 89 in 2012,10 arrests compared to six in 2012, seven medical calls compared to three in 2012 and 16 fire calls compared to 13 in 2012. They had six dumpster fires to douse, two vehicle fires and no major fires, and three confirmed fires from fireworks.

“Primary goal this year was to maximize our visual presence to deter the use of  illegal fireworks and take appropriate action towards enforcement and education,” said Masterson.

Councilman Jake Mackenzie rued the extra work the RPDPS had to take over the holiday. Mackenzie has long been an opponent of fireworks sales in RP, but he’s been unable to convince any of his fellow council members to join him. The reason why is so many non-profit groups depend on sales of fireworks every year to boost their own treasuries.

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