PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Reported Crime Down On State Patty’s, But Arrests And Citations Rise 20 Percent

The State College Police Department released crime data comparing State Patty’s Day 2018 to previous editions of the unofficial student holiday the week before spring break.

The police department, borough, and university have worked to faze out the event in the previous couple of years — ramping up patrolling, placing restrictions on guests in residence halls, and even at one point (although not in the past four years) paying the bars to shut down on the day.

“An extraordinary amount of time and money has been devoted to trying to put an end to this nonsensical event,” State College police chief John Gardner said.

Statistics in all categories are down from the numbers posted in 2011-12, the holiday’s peak. Penn State offered to pay bars to shut down in 2013-14, which is when the police department saw the biggest success in curbing the drinking holiday. Reported crime, arrests and citations, and total cases all saw a rise in the following years.

State College Police sent out its annual warning and backed it up by cracking down on alcohol furnishing.

The result: Total crime was down about four percent (190 cases in 2017 down to 183 cases in 2018). DUI arrests also went down from seven in 2017 to two in 2018 and it was previously reported that EMS calls were down in 2018. That’s backed up by alcohol overdose cases at Mount Nittany Medical Center, which were down more than 22 percent from 2017. Total calls for service did not change in these two years and total cases were up about two percent.

Despite reported crime being down and a relatively small change in total cases, arrests and citations went way up in 2018. There was a 20.3 percent rise in arrests and citations — going up to 160 from 133 the year before. This has been the trend of the past two years.

Check out the full data set below (all data is from noon Friday, February 23 to noon Sunday, February 25):

About the Author

Steve Connelly

Steve Connelly is a junior majoring in PR and an editor for Onward State. He is a proud native of the state of New Jersey, and yes, he is literal trash. He is a soccer fan, nap enthusiast, and chicken tender connoisseur. He tried to be a photographer once, but the only good thing that came out of it is a name for his future sports bar, The Blurry Zamboni. You can follow him on Twitter @slc2o (feel free to slide), email him at [email protected], or come say hi to him in his office, the Irving's basement.

Comments

More by Steve

Darrell Hill Captures Shot Put Gold At Nationals, Isaiah Harris Turns Pro

Eleven Nittany Lions competed at the USA Track and Field National Championships over the weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. Darrell Hill headlined the event for Penn State — helping continue the program’s dominance in shot put with his first-ever national title in the event. He’s the third athlete associated with the program to win the […]

Tony Carr Experienced ‘Greatest Feeling Of His Life’ At NBA Draft

Pelicans GM Excited To Bring In ‘Crafty’ Tony Carr

Athletics

Darrell Hill Captures Shot Put Gold At Nationals, Isaiah Harris Turns Pro

Eleven Nittany Lions competed at the USA Track and Field National Championships over the weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. Darrell Hill headlined the event for Penn State — helping continue the program’s dominance in shot put with his first-ever national title in the event. He’s the third athlete associated with the program to win the […]

Tony Carr Experienced ‘Greatest Feeling Of His Life’ At NBA Draft

Pelicans GM Excited To Bring In ‘Crafty’ Tony Carr

[VIDEO] New Orleans Pelicans Select Tony Carr In 2018 NBA Draft

Tony Carr First Nittany Lion Selected In NBA Draft Since 1999

Student Life

Student Farm To Commemorate Summer Solstice With Second Annual Celebration

Penn State’s Student Farm will celebrate the longest day of the year with tours and live music Thursday evening.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting At Beaver Stadium

Virtual Reality: Changing The Game At Penn State

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Pittsburgh-Based Burger Joint BRGR Opening State College Location

BRGR was able to strike a deal for the building in the past six months or so, as the new goal is to open Happy Valley location — the restaurant’s first outside of Pittsburgh — in early January 2019.

Bream Won’t Be Charged With Perjury

Tim Bream, the former live-in adviser for Beta Theta Pi fraternity, will not face a perjury charge for his testimony at a preliminary hearing in the case.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Don’t Like Penn State Student Ticket Policies? Change Them.

That potential lies as much in the hands of active, informed, and opinionated students as it does in those of the profit-driven athletic departments.

Send this to a friend