03 - 03 - 2014 Preventative measures keep State Pattys Day crime down
[CDT] - Yesterday, State College police Lt. Bradley Smail said that police activity on the Penn State student-created drinking holiday State Pattyâs Day was down for the 3rd consecutive year. Police said late last night that initial numbers indicate total crime was down 47% and arrests decreased 61%. Smail said the activity was more in line with a typical football weekend than the normally damaging day of drinking. PSU paid 34 downtown State College bars between $2,500 and $7,500 to close Saturday, which Smail said was a big help. He added that the fraternities agreeing not to hold parties also aided police.