The initial signs from State Patty’s Day seemed clear: Arrests were down, and fewer green shirts could be seen.
Now Penn State has released more detailed statistics the university said shows the student-created drinking holiday is fading.
State College police previously said preliminary data showed arrests and citations logged over the weekend were down 75 percent and total crime was down 63 percent from the student-created holiday’s heyday in 2011.
Penn State released additional information Monday pulled from not just State College police, but university police, the Centre County Alcohol Task Force and the borough’s Department of Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health.
The data show:
State College Police Chief Tom King previously attributed the decline in crime to “unusual, unique strategies” by the community, including financial incentives offered the past two years by Penn State to taverns, bottle shops and beer distributors that agreed to go dry on the holiday.
Penn State paid out $211,000 this year alone to 34 downtown establishments and five beer distributors.
“That Mardi Gras kind of party center environment didn’t exist this year,” King previously said. “And I think it was the strategies by the town, the university, the apartment buildings, the bars and the businesses, and even the weather helped.”