The City of London is a sea of green this St. Patrick’s Day, but London’s men and women in blue will be ready.
This year, London Police have decided to increase patrols around the city to address the expected increase in St. Paddy’s parties.
This year, police have specific advice they want to give revelers.
“My biggest advice is first of all, if you’re going to be out drinking please think about how you’re going to get there and how you’re going to get home,” says Police Chief Brad Duncan. “Secondly, if you’re going to host a party, be responsible and respectable.”
Duncan says partiers should control their celebrations buy keeping the party off the streets and respecting your neighbours. He says any noise complaints will not be tolerated.
London Police will keep a watchful eye all over the city of London, however Duncan says there will be increased visibility in certain areas.
“We will be monitoring certain neighbourhoods. Obviously Broughdale in the university area, Fleming Drive, as well as Richmond St,” says Duncan. “Much of what we do is traffic and pedestrian control and making sure people are getting home okay.”
Last year, police issued 74 provincial offences during St. Patrick’s Day. Much of those included public intoxication, drinking in public and public urination. Police also confiscated a total of 11 kegs.