Iowa City Police Set To Ramp Up Patrol As Students Return
By Mark Carlson, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa City police are preparing to ramp up patrol this weekend as students begin returning to campus.
Iowa City police sergeant Vicki Lalla said additional neighborhood patrol will begin Thursday night. "We want to be out there, a lot of these kids are getting away from home for the first time," said Lalla. "We want to make sure they know we're around."
Additional "party patrol" officers will keep an eye on the neighborhoods to ensure parties don't get out of hand, according to police.
Officials at the Johnson County jail said they've noticed a recent uptick in arrests. Jail officials said they expect a busy night as most students have moved back to campus. Thursday is typically a very social night in Iowa City. Earlier this month a man told an officer "of course I'm drunk, it's Thursday night in Iowa City," according to a police complaint.
The University of Iowa was recently ranked as the top party school in the nation by the Princeton Review. Lalla said she's not sure if the ranking will have any effect on student behavior.
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