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Natchez Police Chief: Number of calls to department on increase

NATCHEZ — People are starting to get antsy after several weeks of social distancing, law enforcement officials said, based on recent calls.

Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong said he has noticed two trends in recent weeks.

“First, our call volume has started to creep back up,” Armstrong said. “We’ve been doing a sample over the weekends.

Two weeks ago between Friday and Monday, Armstrong said the Natchez Police Department filed approximately 12 reports.

“Well, this past weekend during the same time period we did 27 reports,” Armstrong said.

Secondly, Armstrong said he has noticed calls related to people having get togethers.

“We noticed a couple of times last week where there have been some people getting together in backyards for cookouts with more than 10 people, that type of thing,” Armstrong said. “I think people are getting a little antsy and that stimulus money is burning a hole in their pockets and they are trying to figure out a way to get it out of their pockets and they are starting to venture back out a little bit and have these celebrations. Nevertheless I think as time goes on we are probably going to see more of that.”

Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten said he has not noticed any uptick in calls in Adams County.

“Everything is still slow,” Patten said. “There is no uptick for us.”