Partnership with community results in fewer police calls | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

Through hard work and collaboration, we have had tremendous success in reducing the number of party calls in our college neighborhoods over the last few years. Because of an effective and strong partnership with UMD, new and tougher housing ordinances, landlord e-mail notifications, improved resource allocation, effective enforcement and follow-ups, the number of party calls has plummeted.

By: Gordon Ramsay, for the Duluth Budgeteer News

Now that we are well into the school year, I wanted to touch base on our community policing efforts regarding college parties. As UMD grew, so did the number of college parties. Beginning in the 1990s, college parties began to take up more and more police resources. As we rolled into the 2000s, it became common that there were so many reported parties that officers frequently were not able to get to all of them. Five years ago, college parties and neighborhood problems were receiving a lot of media attention, and it began to reflect poorly on our city.

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