The Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to 439 calls over Welcome Weekend, resulting in 219 citations and 47 arrests.
According to a Mount Pleasant Division of Public Safety news release, these numbers are significantly lower than those seen during last year’s Welcome Weekend festivities, when 58 more citations were issued and 11 more people were jailed.
MPPD Public Information Officer Jeff Thompson said this year’s lower numbers could be related to a smaller number of officers patrolling areas near campus and throughout the city.
“I believe that if we had more officers available, there could have been a higher number of citations and arrests,” Thompson said. “But with the number we had, we were able to maintain a level of safety.”
The most commonly addressed crime last weekend was open intoxication, accounting for 140 citations and four arrests.
Other prevalent crimes that attracted the attention of MPPD were nuisance parties (14 citations, 22 jailed) and counts of minors in possession (59 citations and six jailed).
Other, “less commonly committed crimes” included disorderly conduct, trespassing, assault, resisting or obstructing an officer and indecent exposure.
According to Thompson, police ran into no unforeseen problems throughout the weekend, and the police department operated as usual, with no changes to the strategy or procedures used last year.
“Most of the activity takes place in the student section,” Thompson said. “Primarily in the 800-1000 block of South Main Street.”
The city installed new lighting on South Main Street to promote safety in the area in response to previous incidents, including on previous Welcome Weekends.
Rumors of a stolen police car and a police car window damaged by a thrown brick were circulating around Twitter over the weekend. The rumors are false.
Thompson said educating students on rules and regulations prior to the weekend is new for the MPPD.
“We have also had an increase in remodeled or new housing in the student section that has created a greater sense of pride in the property for both the landlords and the tenants,” Thompson said.