Off-campus parties are nothing new for police to deal with in college cities and towns, but university police at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) said they’re noticing some positive results by having extra patrols out a few nights a week.
Mala Thapa lives in a neighborhood just blocks away from Central Connecticut State University on Carlton Street. Police said it’s an area where many students live.
Her street is part of CCSU police department’s neighborhood and party patrol where police make themselves more visible in certain areas near the university on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
"They’re patrolling. You can see them going through," Thapa said.
Two years ago, someone broke a window to Thapa's home, but lately, she’s noticing change.
"It’s definitely more quieter than it used to be. That’s what we notice, but other than that not too much of big significant changes," she said. "Little-by-little but we can see gradual progress."
The change is all part of CCSU and the New Britain Police Department’s focus on quality of life issues, like loud disturbances and parties happening in neighborhoods near the university.
Between Sept. 18 and Nov. 13 in 2016, police made one breach of peace arrest and made 57 motor vehicle stops in the neighborhood. That’s compared to the six breach of peace arrests and 147 motor vehicle stops in 2017.
"The other thing is the tremendous increase in neighborhood checks or patrol checks. Last year there was approximately 476 and we’re over 1100 for this 2017 semester," CCSU Police Sgt. Jerry Erwin said.
CCSU police said the neighborhood and party patrol is working. They are noticing they very rarely have to return to a home they’ve received a complaint on.
Students said they’re just trying to be considerate of their neighbors.
"It can’t be crazy, we got to keep it down. I know a lot of their neighbors, they’re not kids so we’ve got to be quiet," student Chris George said.