Penn State released some additional information on State Patty’s Day crime rates and related hospital statistics that confirmed what we already knew — the student holiday is dying.
This is the third consecutive year that SPD crime rates have dropped, after peaking in 2011. The decline is thought to be the result of the combined effort of Penn State and the borough to reduce alcohol related crime.
A rundown of the stats shows the downward trend:
The numbers show a 32 percent decrease in the amount of alcohol-related emergencies at Mount Nittany Medical Center. In addition, the patients had a lower overall blood-alcohol content.
34 alcohol-related cases
50 alcohol-related cases
The amount of arrests was reduced by over half according to the State College Police Department and the Penn State Police Department.
Here’s a graph showing a breakdown of arrests and citations by the State College Police Department, Penn State Police Department, the Department of Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health and the Centre County Alcohol Task Force:
Graph Courtesy of Penn State
Penn State paid off 34 downtown bars to close on the student-run holiday, in addition to limiting guests in residence halls. The IFC also banned parties at fraternity houses. Based on the declining crime rates, the limitations seem to be enough.
The university created an alternative holiday for students, in which students could opt to do a number of community service jobs in order to give back.
Similarly, the school hopes to replace the negative holiday with a winter festival that the whole town could enjoy. Penn State leaders have already met with Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts leadership to discuss the festival, which would take place in February.