SIOUX LOOKOUT — Calls for service have dropped for provincial police in Sioux Lookout after the LCBO has adjusted its operating hours.
Over the past year, the LCBO in the downtown core of the town has closed on Sundays and Mondays. This has impacted calls for service to the storefront significantly for OPP.
According to an OPP news release, between Sept. 2, 2022, to July 31, 2023, the Sioux Lookout OPP responded to an average of 61 per cent fewer calls on Sundays and Mondays than for the rest of the week, resulting in 140 per cent fewer arrests.
Also, Liquor License and Control Act calls for service were reduced by 193 per cent, and arrests under that act dropped by 210 per cent.
With officers not being called to the downtown core as frequently, they have been able to be available for other emergent calls in the region, police said in the news release.