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OFFICERS HAVE A SILENT NIGHT

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Residents must be taking the season of peace and goodwill to heart, as for the first time in years an entire eight-hour shift of police officers and firefighters did not receive one phone call, said Gerald Nielsen, Orem Public Safety Department spokesman.

Officers on the graveyard shift Monday night kept busy doing paperwork, talking with friends, patrolling streets and watching movies, but not one distress call, fire, auto accident, prowler or reindeer disturbed them."The detectives were tickled this morning when they came to work," Nielsen said Tuesday. "That meant less work for them."

The average number of phone calls per day is about 90, with the late shift normally receiving the greatest amount of calls at 10 p.m., when the graveyard shift begins, and at 1 a.m., "when the late night crowds go home."