In an effort to educate the college community of the Amherst bylaws pertaining to alcohol and noise, Amherst Police Sector Officers will be going door to door distributing handouts that explain the bylaws, as well as the associated fines or arrest options when enforcing the bylaws. Officers will be disseminating information and speaking with residents regarding open containers of alcohol in public, minors in possession of alcohol, keg possession and complaints of excessive noise and riotous behavior. In addition, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Police Department will have their Community Policing Unit out in full force this weekend, distributing flyers and engaging students to discuss expected behavior, both on and off campus. With both police agencies working concurrently to educate the community, our shared goal is to deter unlawful behavior that disrupts the campus and Amherst community.
A review of activity levels from September to March of this year, as compared to the same period in 2009 to 2010, has found that the instances of open container of alcohol violations has decreased by 16%, which is evidence that the message is getting out to the campus community. However, during the same time period there has been a 35% increase in noise complaints from Amherst community members, which is concerning.
In addition, the Amherst Police Department will have additional Police Officers on duty starting this weekend and continuing through graduation. Amherst Police Officers and UMass Police Officers will also be conducting joint patrols during these periods. This increased staffing and enforcement is to properly address and deter destructive behavior that is so problematic in the later part of spring.
Please see the attached bylaw handout. Questions regarding this Educational and Enforcement Initiative can be forwarded to Captain Christopher G. Pronovost at 413-259-3216 or via email.