Cal Poly police crack down on off-campus parties
October 6, 2015
Under a new agreement with the city of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly police have begun targeting partiers up to a mile from the university campus.
In July, Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong and San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx signed an agreement allowing university police to issue citations for city violations. In September, university police conducted four special operations which focused on alcohol and party enforcement, according to a Cal Poly press release.
The operations, which took place during the Week of Welcome and the first week of fall classes, resulted in four arrests. Police also issued citations to 85 people for a total of 109 alcohol violations.
The university police department is stepping up its enforcement in part because of a grant received from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The grant pays for officers’ overtime that is associated with increased patrols, training and special operations, according to Cal Poly.
University police received the grant on July 1, and it provides funds for the 2015-2016 school year.
“We wanted to start out the beginning of the year setting the tone and trying to correct some behavior issues,” university police Commander Brenda Trobaugh said.
During this year’s WOW Week, two assaults also took place near the campus. Two students were stabbed following a fight at a fraternity party, and a man jumped out of bushes and attacked a female Cal Poly student as she was walking home at night.
Additionally, just prior to WOW Week, a man brutally assaulted a 20-year-old woman as she was leaving her apartment. Police found her covered in blood.