EUGENE, Ore. -- Officers patrolling the university neighborhoods had a busy start to the Halloween weekend, issuing nearly 50 citations on the first night alone.
Eugene Police officials said that they saw an increase in foot traffic and disorderly party complaints in the west university area on Friday night. They reported that one day into Halloween weekend, officers have seen more alcohol and party related violations than they have in the past few weeks.
The EPD "Party Patrol" arrested 18 people on Friday on various charges. At one party alone officers issued 15 MIP citations and arrested two residents at the house for prohibited noise.
On Friday night police issued a total of 46 charges and citations, including:
- 22 Minor in Possession (18 were U of O students)
- 16 Open Container (8 were U of O students)
- 4 Prohibited Noise (U of O Students)
- 1 False information to an officer
- 1 Urinating in Public
- 1 Pedestrian Violation
- 1 Possession of less than an ounce of Marijuana
Saturday night officers made 25 arrests, with charges ranging from False Info to Police, Prohibitive Noise, DUII and Open Container.
On Saturday night police issued a total of 31 charges and citations, including:
- 18 Open Container (9 U of O students)
- 5 Minor in Possession (5 U of O students)
- 7 Prohibited Noise (4 U of O students)
- 1 False Info to Police
EPD said that the increased patrolling is an attempt to keep Eugene's University District calmer during a six-hour period between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday night,
Party Patrol is aimed at 'preventing and responding proactively to potential alcohol and party-related problems that in the past have been associated with partying'. They said that there is a dramatic increase in these behaviors when students return to campus.