Fewer arrests made during St. Patrick’s Day weekend, police say

Fewer arrests made during St. Patrick's Day weekend, police say

Chico police reported fewer arrests overall, during the holiday celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this past weekend, in comparison to previous years.

According to a release from the Chico Police Department, a reduction in crime was seen over this past holiday weekend, resulting in 27 arrests, 10 of which were for public drunkenness. The police reported “minimal problems associated with the St Patrick’s Day event this year,” referring to festivities that can occur around the holiday.

It was reported that only minimal staffing was added to handle service calls to the downtown area. According to the release, there was an overall increase in activities downtown from noon until midnight on Saturday, when local establishments closed down. This led, according to police, to a reduction in activities leading to arrests.

One cause referred to by police was the alignment of spring break timing during this week between Chico State, Butte Community College, and the Chico Unified School District.

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