By Zachary Benayon
It’s been four years since a St. Patrick’s Day riot ensued on the streets of London, but London police aren’t messing around.
The London Police Service is urging residents to keep activities safe—and legal—while celebrating the day of the Irish on Thursday.
The LPS has launched a hashtag campaign, #DontInviteUs2UrParty, urging students and other Londoners to enjoy the festivities without taking part in activities that might ‘invite’ police officers over.
The Fanshawe Student Union is also making sure students are staying safe and drinking responsibly, even offering up a “safe,” licensed bar on campus in the afternoon, serving up both drinks and safety tips.
The latter was cited as a key priority for Morganna Sampson, the Fanshawe Student Union’s vice president of internal affairs, who said that the union will host a safe drinking campaign, aimed to educate students.
Sampson also stressed another drinking-related issue the FSU hopes to address—sexual assault.
“We are also going to promote consent because we do understand when we have too much to drink, relationships happen that wouldn’t have happened otherwise,” said Sampson.
She added that instead of the phrase, “Kiss me, I’m Irish,” the FSU is encouraging students to use, “Ask to kiss me, I’m Irish.”
London police handed out 93 offence notices on St. Patrick’s Day last year, covering mostly noise and liquor violations.
A total of 93 offence notices were issued in 2014, and 274 issued in 2013.