The London Police Service is working hard on their initiative LEARN or better known as Liquor Enforcement and Reduction of Noise.
The project was originally launched in 2007 to educate students and protect everyone affected in party situations usually thrown by students. Both Fanshawe College and Western University partnered with the London Police.
The new and improved L.E.A.R.N initiative will bring in more police presence in neighbourhoods at Fanshawe, Western and even downtown. This will be enforced mainly with parties, parking, open fires, noise, litter and public urination.
The plan has been heightened due to increased calls placed about noise and mischief around Fanshawe College at the start of the school year.
Const. Sandasha Bough, media relations for the London police services explained that L.E.AR.N is not only aimed at students but at everyone in London.
The entire month of September is focused around L.E.A.R.N.
But student Amit Sharma had no idea what this initiative was, he stated the program has not been made as public as it should. The program did just start up but Sharma suggested both Fanshawe College and Western University create some sort of events to involve and educate the students.
Sharma lives on what is deemed a “party street” around Fanshawe college, he said its a good place to live and that students respect police officers in the area. Although L.E.A.R.N was set up because of parties and other situations getting out of hand. There were also some reports of bottles being thrown at police cars resulting in about $500.00 worth of damages, while trying to break up a party on Thurman Circle on the first week of classes.
Police and public all remember the riot on St.Patricks day in 2012, something that is not wanted again.
Last year 152 provincial notices, 172 warnings and 28 criminal charges were laid under the L.E.A.R.N initative. This year enforcements are going to be high with all those calls that have gone in to police services.
The entire point to the initiative is to educate students and keeping everyone safe.
More than a dozen police officers & members of the Emergency Response Unit were needed to disperse approximately 500 people who poured out of house parties in the area of Thurman Circle & Farnsborough Crescent shortly after 12 am on Monday, Sept. 3. https://t.co/aWo1euXa6J pic.twitter.com/lBpOlhhsvl
— London Police ON (@lpsmediaoffice) September 4, 2018