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UPDATE: Police Issue Only 7 Citations at 2013 Mifflin St. Block Party

UPDATED Tuesday, May 7, 2013 --- 3:36 p.m.

Madison police issued only 7 citations to 6 people during this year's Mifflin St. Block Party.

That's compared to 545 citations issued last year.

The citations are:

-3 citations for Depositing Human Waste

-2 citations for having an Open Intoxicant

-1 citation for Casual Possession of THC (marijuana)

-1 citation for violating a Glass-Free Zone

Officers thank those who celebrated responsibly.

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Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013 -- 1:13 a.m.

Arrests and attendance were dramatically lower at the Mifflin Street Block Party this year after efforts by the city to deter students from going. A separate UW-Madison music festival at Union South, called Revelry, also helped give students another outlet for celebration, and no arrests were reported at that event, according to UW Police.

Here is a statement on the Mifflin Block Party from Madison Police Public Information Officer Joel DeSpain:

"There were no significant incidents this afternoon on Mifflin St. and crowd numbers were down dramatically from past years. The MPD worked hard to educate people, prior to the event, about the department's concerns and expectations. The hope was for voluntary compliance. By and large that hope was realized as the vast majority of attendees obeyed laws and ordinances. There were considerably fewer citations issued. The exact number will not be determined until next week, but it is safe to say the number will be down several hundred from last year when 545 citations were issued. As the afternoon played out, many law enforcement personnel were sent home. The MPD would like to thank the Dane County Sheriff's Department for assisting with the event."
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Posted Thursday, May 2, 2013 --- 11:56 a.m.

Public Health Madison and Dane County has released a report analyzing the Mifflin Street Block Party over the last 3 years.

Health officials say the goal of the report was to gather and summarize information about the costs of the party and the range of serious problems emerging from the event.

Here are some highlights summarized by Public Health:

• It is most effective and least costly to address college age alcohol misuse before the problems of crime and addiction occurs, underscoring the critical importance of screening and early interventions.
• It cost City of Madison tax payers $196,000 for law enforcement to keep the neighborhood safe during the event in 2012. These law enforcement actions included taking a no tolerance approach, not issuing any street use permits and posting no trespassing in backyards.
• The majority of individuals involved in police incidents were 21 year old white males. Males at the event were more likely than females to be involved in police incidents related to violent crimes and drug offenses. The connection between excess alcohol use and violence is well documented, e.g., battery, armed robbery, use of a dangerous weapon and multiple sexual assaults were all incidents occurring at the event.

They also summarized some recommendations:
• A primary recommendation calls for a coalition between UW Madison and the community to implement comprehensive interventions.
•Have downtown alcohol establishments work with the City of Madison to develop a program to reward businesses making efforts for a positive impact on public health and safety, and penalize those establishments that exacerbate the problems.
•A community-driven effort is needed to focus on reducing the harm generated by these damaging and dangerous rites of passage and on helping to create a culture in which buying and consuming large amounts of alcohol is no longer the primary definition of having fun.

More information on the report can be found HERE.


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