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2012 State Patty’s Day Crime Numbers Down

The State College Borough released their final State Patty’s Day Action Report on Friday, and there’s good news — all across the board, crime numbers decreased, often significantly.

The following numbers are from the State College Police Department:

  • The SCPD received 399 calls, down from 480 in 2011.
  • The SCPD made 222 arrests, down from 234 in 2011.
  • Of those arrests, 52 were for underage drinking, 37 were for open container violations, 24 were noise ordinance violations, 21 were for public urination, 17 for public drunkenness, 15 for criminal mischief, 14 for DUI, and 11 for “scattering rubbish” (those bastards!).

Additionally, 59 arrests were made by the Centre County Alcohol Task Force. Of the arrests, only 132 were from Penn State students, compared to 154 visitors. The following schools had 3 or more arrests:

  • Penn State Altoona (6)
  • West Virginia University (6)
  • Bloomsburg (4)
  • IUP (4)
  • Drexel (3)
  • East Stroudsburg University (3)
  • Montgomery County Community College (3)
  • Philadelphia Community College (3)
  • Slippery Rock (3)
  • Temple (3)
  • Wilkes (3)

Although I’m sure the Borough would prefer that State Patty’s Day didn’t exist, they still benefit financially from the “holiday.” In all, parking tickets amounted to $23,197 and parking garage revenue reached $31,644, making for a total gain of $54,841. That number is down from $82,496 last year.

The Penn State police also had a busy weekend, filing 105 charges against 67 individuals, which was consistent with 2012 numbers (104 charges, 67 people). Of those arrested, 36 were Penn State students and 31 were not.

The strain on medical services is also a major concern every State Patty’s Day, and this year was no different. The Centre County Emergency Communications Center — the organization that deals with 9-1-1 calls — received 922 calls, way down from 1,599 last year. Penn State Emergency Medical Services — an ambulance service mostly funded by University Health Services — dealt with 21 patients, down from 31 last year.

These numbers are all good signs for the effectiveness of community resistance against the pseudo-holiday. There is no doubt that bars closing, liquor stores shortening hours, and the IFC placing restrictions on the fraternities all helped keep irresponsibility at a lower — but still assuredly unacceptable — rate. At the very least, these numbers can serve as motivation for next year’s efforts, and provide a spring board for ideas like Nick Savareno’s State Fest so that maybe eventually, State Patty’s Day wont be so polarizing.

Or it could just not exist. A man can dream, right?

About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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