Forty percent increase in arrests and citations for Fake Patty’s Day 2016

MANHATTAN (KSNT) – Fake Patty’s Day proved to be fun for thousands and profitable for businesses in 2016, but law enforcement had their work cut out for them. At least 9 law enforcement agencies assisted the Riley County Police Department in handling the huge volume of calls to their emergency operations center. Calls for service came from both police officers as well as people in the community. Meanwhile, the Manhattan Fire Department and Riley County EMS provided emergency medical services.

Sixty-three people were arrested over the Fake Patty’s Day weekend in Manhattan. That’s 40% more arrests than last year. Twenty-three of those arrests were for DUI, 17 for possession of marijuana, 11 for possession of drug paraphernalia and 7 for disorderly conduct. A total of 596 citations were issued. That’s 43% more than Fake Patty’s Day 2015. Nearly half of this year’s were for possessing an open container of alcohol. Twenty-one percent of the citations were for parking issues and more than 13 percent for a minor in possession of alcohol.

This past weekend from Friday at 7 pm to Sunday morning at 6, law enforcement responded to 269 calls from residents. Complaints included disturbing the peace, parking issues, welfare checks and unwanted subjects. Three reports were taken for violent crimes and officers filed 106 reports not related to crimes involving alcohol.

RCPD expressed their gratitude to the following agencies for their assistance: Junction City Police Department, Emporia Police Department, Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Hays Police Department, Geary County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas State University Police Department, Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

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