Alameda Police on the Fourth: By the Numbers

Independence Day was a busy one for the Alameda Police Department.

The Alameda Police Department received almost twice as many calls on the Fourth of July as it does on a normal day, according to an APD press release.

Police officers responded to 362 calls for service on the Fourth, including 111 fireworks-related incidents, the release said. One hundred of those calls came in between  received between 9 and 10 p.m.

On an average day the department receives 185 calls for the entire 24-hour period, police said.

"This year, the City of Alameda made the decision , just past the ferry terminal, for the Fourth of July," the report said. "The location had become very popular, with a large number of people flooding the area at the same time, some arriving as early as 11 a.m. to begin grilling, drinking alcoholic beverages and setting off illegal fireworks.

"The high volume of vehicles and the actions of some led to the decision for the closure. The police department’s goal of promoting community safety and effectively managing pedestrian and vehicular traffic was attained, in large part due to the closure."

The Fourth of July concluded with no major incidents reported to police, the release said.

to a child injured when he fell from his father's shoulders while watching the Fourth of July parade and to a woman who disrupted the parade briefly by tearing decorations off floats.

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Al A. Meda July 09, 2012 at 04:14 PM
there were people staggering drunk on Sherman Street and in Washington Park.
Jennifer Loring July 09, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Definitely sounded like Beirut in the 80s near us on the east end. Seems to get worse every year, regardless of the "bans" and "crackdowns." So stupid and annoying.
tom July 10, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Perhaps the Alameda police might consider correcting the erratic driving of many 4th of july parade vechicles which wandered from side to side of the parade.....including our firefighters vechicles! A dangerous driving method of 'showing off' for the parade observers
virgo July 10, 2012 at 03:58 AM
i know right! i hate those really loud firecrackers that don't serve any purpose other than sounding like a bomb went off. i really can't stand people who think it's ok to set off illegal fireworks and firecrackers. those scare a lot of pets and it pisses me off.
Mr. Anonymous July 11, 2012 at 06:19 PM
We had so many explosions over on the West end. There were people racing down the street, throwing explosives out of their car! Absolute insanity. One issue that came up was that it was tough to tell what was being set off here in Alameda, and what was going off on the other side of the estuary in Oakland. I wonder if Oakland's gunshot tracking software can be used here on the 4th to find the illegal fireworks. Actually, we could use it on the 5th and 6th as well since people thought it was just fine to use the rest of their stash on those nights as well.


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