During the UMD “move in weekend 2013”, the Duluth Police Department and the University of Minnesota-Duluth Police Department responded to approximately 53 calls for service which all had an association with college students. Of those calls, 31 calls were classified as party calls. The other calls for service were classified as disturbances, traffic stops, subject stops, suspicious activities and trouble kid calls. From Thursday August 29, 2013 to early Monday morning September 2, 2013 the Duluth Police Department issued a total of 84 citations.
The breakdown is as follows:
58 - Underage Consumption
12 - Underage Consumption and Social Host
4 - Disturbing the Neighborhood
3 - Alcohol Prohibited in Public
2 - Arrests for DWI
1 - Underage Consumption, Alcohol Prohibited in Public and Fleeing Police on Foot
1 - Underage Consumption and Alcohol Prohibited in Public
1 - Underage Consumption and Fleeing Police on Foot
1 - Urinating in Public
1 - Social Host
Officers noted a visual decrease in the amount of parties, signs and intoxicated people on the first day of move in, Thursday, August 29th. As of 6 p.m. on that day, only 6 citations had been issued. The parties that were observed by officers appeared to be smaller in attendance than in past years. Those hosting the parties seemed to know how to self-police themselves to ensure those in attendance were at least 21 years old. Some parties went a step further to put up caution tape so people would not accidentally leave the yard with their alcoholic beverage.
There were only a handful of parties in which the attendance consisted of more than 20 participants. Of those larger parties, four of them accounted for 54 of the total 84 citations issued or approximately 64% of the citations issued for the entire move in weekend. One party generated 16 citations, another 15 citations, 13 for another and finally 10 citations at the fourth party. While the total number of citations issued was up from last year’s 43 citations, the presence of parties was down. There was a positive representation made by UMD’s welcoming committee which was sponsored by UMD organizations.