October 5, 2015

Contact: Brenda Trobaugh

Cal Poly University Police Step Up Enforcement Efforts as School Year Begins

Campus Police Have Greater Presence in Community Thanks to Agreement With City and Recent ABC Grant Award

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A new agreement with city police and a grant from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control are helping Cal Poly’s University Police Department step up enforcement during the 2015-16 school year.

“We are being proactive, especially with regard to alcohol issues,” said UPD Cmdr. Brenda Trobaugh. “We also want to reduce other crimes that go hand in hand with alcohol. In order to reduce those, we need to increase enforcement.”

The department received the grant July 1. Three weeks later, Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Howell Marx signed an agreement giving university police authority to issue citations for city violations within a mile of campus. Those citations include alcohol, noise, large parties and other violations.

“It gives us authority to write municipal, administrative citations,” said University Police Chief George Hughes “We’re doing it to help with the unique problems in local neighborhoods that the city’s laws address, but state laws do not — like unruly gatherings.”

Meanwhile, the ABC grant is paying for officers’ overtime associated with increased patrols, special operations and training.

The department held four special operations in September during Week of Welcome and the first week of the fall classes, focusing on alcohol and party enforcement. Police also checked for fake IDs at stores and bars. The operations resulted in four arrests, and 85 people were cited for 109 alcohol violations.

“We wanted to start out the beginning of the year setting the tone and trying to correct some behavior issues,” Trobaugh said.

The grant award is part of ABC’s GAP Grant Project, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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