In December, Brant OPP officers responded to 18 level one mental health calls, up from nine in December 2019.
Statistics for December 2019 to December 2020 show a 2.2 per cent increase in level one mental health calls and a 0.4 per cent increase in all level incidents.
Meanwhile, Brant OPP are seeing fewer violent and property crime calls. Violent crime was down 43 per cent in December, compared to the same month last year. Officers responded to 157 violent incidents in 2020, down from 190 in 2019.
Brant OPP are also receiving fewer reports of sexual assault. But Anderson said that might be reflective of fewer people wanting to come forward to report.
Vehicle collisions dropped 25 per cent to 653 in 2020 from 865 in 2019.
But the county experienced a 500 per cent increase in fatal collisions, resulting in eight deaths, Anderson said.
Most of those fatal collisions involved motorcycles. In response, Brant OPP plan a campaign for spring and summer to urge drivers to be more aware of those on motorcycles, Anderson said.
In other Brant OPP news, officers conducted 55 RIDE programs between Dec. 26, 2020, and Jan. 3, 2021.
Officers checked 2,369 vehicles, conducted 98 roadside screening tests and removed 12 motorists from the road due to excess alcohol or drug consumption.
More than 16 criminal charges were laid, 12 drivers had licence suspensions ranging from seven to 90 days.
Police also laid eight other provincial offence charges.
The RIDE program received a boost of $15,593 from the provincial government.
Source: Brantford Expositor, Vincent Ball