St Patrick's Day 2015 - City wide preparation

Posted on Monday, March 16th, 2015

Guelph Police Service, University of Guelph Police and City of Guelph plan for safe celebrations.  (from Guelph Police website)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 is St. Patrick’s Day and for many, this popular day will coincide with an increase in celebrations.

The Guelph Police Service, along with the University of Guelph, Guelph By-law Officers and all members of the Town and Gown committee, are working together to address issues in the downtown core and throughout residential neighbourhoods to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all.

  • Encourage citizens who have concerns about activities in their neighborhoods, observe unwanted behaviour or who see developing problems to report the incidents. Don’t hesitate to call the Guelph Police Service at 519-824-1212 so that the Police and/or By-Law Officers can respond.  
  • Increase the staffing levels of Police and By-Law Enforcement with an emphasis on the downtown core and neighborhoods where there is a high concentration of young adult housing.  The officers on patrol will be enforcing the Criminal Code, liquor laws and various city by-laws.
  • Utilize vehicle patrols and foot patrols to proactively respond to situations in an effort to prevent and/or discourage unwanted behaviour. 
  • Be committed to positive interaction with those who are enjoying the day, but will also use enforcement initiatives for those who choose to violate any laws.
  • Conduct R.I.D.E. spot checks throughout the weekend.  
  • Promote an environment where those who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, realizing that not every citizen does, remain conscious of and considerate to their neighbours.
  • Use an approach of “Prevention through Visibility, Communication and Enforcement” which includes providing education, awareness, cautions and enforcement of the Criminal Code, Provincial Acts, and Municipal By-Laws. The University is sending out a mass email to all students regarding St. Patrick's Day. 
  • Ensure that licensed establishments are compliant with the Liquor License Act and other Provincial laws and regulations.

Remember that you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while still being responsible, respectful and courteous.

Follow messages throughout the day on TWITTER. Check our hashtag #SafeStPattys

University of Guelph Campus Police will also be participating in the live tweet session from 6:00pm-12:00am


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