Every day, our police officers, firefighters and paramedics respond to calls for help.
In the past six months, for instance, emergency personnel rushed to serious situations such as drownings, a fatal fire, horrendous crashes and medical tragedies. Officers have arrested people for driving drunk, domestic violence and theft.
But most days in the Tri-Cities are far less eventful. Public safety officials more often than not deal with downed tree branches, minor fender-benders, calls for medical assistance, false fire alarms and other keeping-the-peace sorts of activities.
That's good news for our area, and gives us peace of mind that we live in a blessedly low-crime community.
For many years the Tribune carried a public safety log, a listing of calls to which officers responded each day. After a lengthy hiatus, the log is back.
Officials from the Grand Haven and Spring Lake/Ferrysburg public safety departments are graciously collaborating with the Tribune to provide this community service. We feel it is important that our residents know what is happening in their neighborhoods and in their community.
You'll find the public safety log on a regular basis on Page 2 of the Tribune.
Our hope is that it provides insight into the happenings in our community, and arms residents with the information they need to safely make decisions for themselves and their families.
Knowledge is power. Seize it.
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