Police increase watch

Students targeted during Frosh Week for public drinking

Evan Morrow, Sci '15, says on the first day of Frosh Week he was fined $125 for drinking in public. He was near the corner of Albert and Union Streets.
Evan Morrow, Sci '15, says on the first day of Frosh Week he was fined $125 for drinking in public. He was near the corner of Albert and Union Streets.

On Sept. 4 Evan Morrow, Sci ’15 was fined $125 for drinking in public. It was the first night of Frosh Week and move-in day.

“Due to the number of cop cars it’s pretty obvious they’re trying to target the Ghetto,” said Morrow, a Victoria Hall resident.

Morrow and his friends left campus that night in search of a party in the Student Ghetto. Alcohol was completely banned in residences for the first time this year. Morrow said he wasn’t drunk when he got the ticket.

“I was walking west on Union Street and then I pulled a beer out of my bag to pre-drink before we got to a kegger,” he said, adding that it was only half open when an undercover police car pulled up behind their group near the intersection of Albert and Union Streets.

Morrow said the police activity was ineffective in decreasing the amount of drinking that occurred within the Queen’s community.

“It’s not going to stop anything, they’re just collecting money. But obviously if a cop sees something happening against the law, they have to do something,” he said, adding that if a police officer let one student off without a ticket then others would expect the same.

Morrow said that by the end of the night he saw an increase in the number of marked police cars.

The police officer that wrote Morrow a ticket and his friends stayed parked at the same location for at least two hours after they left.

“There were people walking by with open drinks and he was just handing out tickets. He didn’t need to leave the area,” he said. “We came back probably two hours later and he was in the same spot.”

Morrow said there wasn’t much more the police could do on their part to combat student drinking.

Kingston Police increased its presence in the student ghetto from Sept. 7 to 9 of Frosh Week.

“We’re doing it for student safety,” said Joanne Geikie, Kingston Police media relations officer. “We had an additional 10 officers on duty.”

These officers were most likely split up evenly for a day and night shift, Geikie said. They were on patrol around Kingston and also responded to specific calls, such as noise complaints.

From Tuesday, Sept. 6 to Friday, Sept. 9, there were 54 noise complaints reported in the south-end of the city — the area around Queen’s campus. The loudest night was Tuesday Sept. 6 with 19 noise complaints.

“I understand things went really well,” Geikie said.

There were 49 alcohol-related offences reported in Kingston from Wednesday to Friday of Frosh Week. Wednesday alone had 27 offences.

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