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This week's police log

Original post made on Aug 24, 2011

The Danville Police Department provides Danville Express with a record of its calls each week. This is a sampling, omitting the more mundane, such as routine traffic stops, service requests, noise complaints and domestic disturbances.

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Posted by Mom
a resident of Danville
on Aug 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Every week I see it seems I see an arrest for welfare check. What does that entail?

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Posted by Jessica Lipsky
a resident of Danville
on Aug 25, 2011 at 11:36 am

The term "welfare check" seems to be perplexing to several people. I was asked the same question a few weeks ago and here is what I found out from Danville Police Lt. Jeff Moule:

Often a resident requests that the police check on a neighbor they're concerned about (who they might not have seen for a while or who has newspapers piling in their driveway). A welfare check with an arrest might have come from a similar call where a resident phoned police about a person who was acting suspiciously and, upon contact by the police, was arrested for another offense.

Jessica Lipsky