St. Patrick’s Day in Chico has a long-standing history of being an opportunity for locals and college students alike to enjoy the holiday. Unfortunately, sometimes the St. Patrick’s Day celebration can lead to excessive alcohol consumption.
During the last few years, St. Patrick’s Day has fallen during the scheduled CSU, Chico Spring Break. This timing has reduced the activity that surrounds St. Patrick’s Day. This is due in part to most of the student body being out of town for the break. Spring Break, combined with a reduced student population, results in a significant decline in the number of house parties in the south campus and west side areas. The main activity that occurred during the afternoon, evening and night hours revolved around downtown bars and restaurants. Though still manageable, the Chico Police Department had a notable increase in calls for service compared the prior weekend. Regular patrol staffing was increased with a special team assigned to address specific holiday-related activity in Chico’s downtown area and west side.
In total, during the hours of 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday, the following statistics were tabulated:
- DUI arrests: 5
- Public Intoxication: 4
- Other: 4
Total Alcohol related citations: 0
Total calls for service: 240
Typically, alcohol-related citations are associated with house parties in the south campus and west side areas of Chico (Open Container, Minor in Possession of Alcohol etc.). The absence of house parties this year had an obvious impact on the number of such violations, with only one alcohol-related citation. Previous years would see as many as 40 such citations during the same time period.
Supervisors: Sgt. Cody Uebelhardt, Sgt. David Bailey, Sgt. Todd Lefkowitz and Sgt. Tony Ferreira
Watch Commander: Lt. Jeff Durkin