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.
2012 / 2011
/ 2010 / 2009
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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.