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Project L.E.A.R.N. - September 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The London Police Service concluded its fall Project L.E.A.R.N. on Sunday, September 30, 2012.

Successive L.E.A.R.N. Projects have addressed quality of life issues and targeted specific geographic areas traditionally plagued with nuisance type behaviours. L.E.A.R.N project members have provided strict but fair enforcement of by-laws related to parties, parking, open fires, noise, litter and public urination. Provincial offences were strictly enforced in relation to excess alcohol consumption, open alcoholic containers in public, public intoxication, illegal sale of alcohol and any related offences. The most severe behaviours warranted criminal charges such as causing a disturbance and mischief.

Fall L.E.A.R.N.                        2012    /        2011    /    2010   /    2009
Criminal Charges                       61                62               57             81
Provincial Offence Notices    2293           1353          1725         1657

Non-students accounted for 88.5% of the criminal charges and 44.3% of the provincial offences that were laid during the duration of the project.

A strict no tolerance approach, electronic ticketing capabilities and additional resources of five officers were factors which contributed to the significant increase in provincial offences over last year.

This final weekend of LEARN was Western University Homecoming. Many people celebrated Homecoming in the neighbourhoods adjacent to the university grounds and Project LEARN officers responded to large gatherings including one of 1000 people. Although these large gatherings were well managed and dispersed by the officers, they required significant resources to keep under control. We will be focussing more proactive resources to these areas next year to ensure the safety of students, residents and Alumni.

"The London Police Service in collaboration with Western University Canada and Fanshawe College student unions and administrators has worked very hard to educate students and promote responsible behaviour. What we experienced this year was a significant increase in responsible student behaviour as the majority of offences addressed by LEARN officers were committed by individuals who were not students. Overall our approach has also been very proactive in terms of engaging our community partners including neighborhood associations, housing mediators, landlords, bar owners and municipal law enforcement officers which has clearly helped with our messaging." Chief Bradley S. Duncan

The London Police Service will continue to monitor activities throughout the school year to ensure that neighbourhoods remain free from boisterous and unwanted noise or illegal behaviours.