Vancouver Police were kept busy on New Year's Eve responding to calls for service throughout the evening.
Here are some statistics for last night's celebrations:
17 arrests for intoxication in a public place
31 arrests for breach of the peace
19 people charged for a variety of criminal offences
Police came to the aid of Vancouver Fire and Rescue services around 5:30 p.m., after a fire broke out in a room at the Palms Motel in the 3500 block of Kingsway Avenue. A woman in her fifties was found deceased inside.
Before midnight, officers working in the Gastown and Granville entertainment districts came to monitor large crowds of revelers gathering to ring in the New Year. There were a few alcohol-related disturbances that were settled without incident.
VPD Gang Crime Unit officers boosted regular entertainment district patrols and liaised throughout the night with Bar Watch and Restaurant Watch, keeping an eye out for people with known gang affiliations. But overall, police reported that the New Year's Eve festivities around the city were well attended and no issues were reported.
At around 2 a.m., police were called to a stabbing in the 400 block of Columbia Street. A 22-year-old Surrey man suffered a stab wound to his chest and remains in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
There were no other incidents of note reported in the early morning hours of January 1, 2012.