London Police, Western’s Student Council, and Fanshawe’s Student Union are teaming up again this year for Project LEARN in an effort to help educate and encourage students, both new and returning, to be safe.
Project LEARN, which stands for Liquor Enforcement and Reduction of Noise, is already underway and will continue until the end of the month.
Police say there are extra patrols scheduled during the month for the downtown area and neighbourhoods around Western University and Fanshawe College to try and keep a lid on rowdy students. Police say there will be a ‘balanced approach’ with respect to the enforcement of by-laws and warnings.
Officers will be keeping an eye on parties, parking, open fires, noise, litter and public urination. The ticket for urinating in public is $250.
Last year, London Police reported a drastic drop in the number of charges and tickets handed out during LEARN compared to 2014.
In all, 23 criminal charges were laid, five against students, while 791 provincial offence notices were handed out, 499 of which were to students. London Police noted there were no criminal charges laid during last year’s Homecoming weekend as well.
Along with party-related offences, officers will also be vigilant in watching for drunk drivers on streets throughout the city.