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State Patty’s Day Weekend 2021 Yields Lowest Crime Totals on Record

It’s been a decade since State Patty’s Day weekend reached its infamous peak in 2011. As time has gone on, crime over the Penn State student-created drinking holiday weekend has generally decreased, and that was no exception this year.

Last weekend’s State Patty’s resulted in the lowest crime totals on record for the weekend in nearly every category, according to data released by the State College Police Department on Wednesday.

A total of 102 crimes or ordinance violations were reported by State College and Penn State police over the weekend — 19 below 2019’s State Patty’s, which resulted in the lowest figures on record.

The two departments made 36 arrests between noon on Friday and noon on Sunday, a 51.3% decrease from 2020’s reported totals. The previous record low was 61 arrests in 2019.

“The State College Police Department appreciates the outstanding cooperation received by both town and gown partners in helping reduce the impact this event has on our community,” the department said in a statement. “The State College Police Department would also like to thank our law enforcement partners to include the Penn State Police, Ferguson Township, Patton Township, The Pennsylvania State Police and Liquor Control Enforcement for their assistance.”

Additionally, police issued four citations for violations of the borough’s coronavirus mitigation ordinance, which enforces mask-wearing and prohibits large gatherings.

Police had 186 total calls for service during the weekend, 37 fewer than last year’s record low.

Police said all crime statistics outside driving under the influence (three; the record low was one in 2019) were the lowest over the past 11 years. A review of reports from 2008 through 2010 found calls for service and arrests were lower in 2021 than those years as well. The event began in 2007.

Ever since 2011, State Patty’s-related crime has continually trended downward each year until it spiked briefly in 2016. Last weekend’s record low represents both the downward trend and, likely, the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic on student life.

A full breakdown of this year’s crime data, as well as the last 11 years, can be found below.