St. Paddy’s Day weekend leads to high number of arrests
The university and its surrounding areas experienced relatively high levels of crime this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
The Newark Police Department (NPD) prepared aptly for the weekend’s anticipated spike in crime, enlisting the service of 22 additional officers, “in addition to officers assigned to general patrol duties,” as well as agents from the Delaware Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement agency.
NPD stated in a press release they dispersed and issued loud music warnings to 16 parties over the course of Saturday, “based on the time of day.” They also made 58 criminal arrests on Saturday, including 19 open container arrests and 16 underage consumption/possession arrests. Some of these were the result of the 184 calls for service placed to NPD that day.
Captain Jason Pires of the university police (UDPD) previously stated to The Review that overall, St. Patrick’s day crime has been trending downward over the last four years. However, this weekend’s high crime numbers go against the overall St. Patrick’s Day crime trends of the last four years.
This past weekend, UDPD handed out 11 underage consumption/possession sanctions. This is two less than the 13 sanctions that they gave out on St. Patrick’s Day of last year.
Also of note is the relatively small number of public intoxication incidents that were reported by UDPD, with only three incidents resulting in either arrest or administrative sanctions.
Pires said there has been a decrease in every category of arrest since 2011. The most notable statistic from within this overall downward trend is the 37.5 percent decrease in alcohol-related offenses.