March 11, 2015
During the 2015 celebration of “Fake Patty’s Day” the Riley County Police Department with assistance from the Junction City Police Department, Emporia Police Department, Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Hays Police Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a significant number of calls for service generated by both police officers and community members. Other emergency agencies were also present and participated in proactive safety measures as well as emergency medical services. These agencies included the Manhattan Fire Department and Riley County EMS.
Over the weekend period of Friday March 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM to Sunday March 8, 2015 at 6:00 AM, law enforcement responded to 246 calls for service (generated by citizen complaints and not including officer initiated calls for service). These complaints consisted of, but are not limited to, parking problems (31), disturbing the peace (32), unwanted subjects (8), and welfare checks (15).
During this 35 hour time period police took 2 reports of violent crimes including an aggravated battery for which an arrest was made. Police officers filed 74 criminal reports not including alcohol related crime reports.
During this time period police officers physically arrested 45 subjects. Crimes that caused arrests included, but are not limited to, disorderly conduct (20), DUI (9), unlawful possession by minors (12), and possession of marijuana/possession of synthetics (11).
Police issued 417 citations for offenses that included, but are not limited to, possession of an open container of alcohol (217), parking issues (97), and possession of alcohol by a minor (50).
“Police addressed a steady stream of issues, however, the massive law enforcement presence and increased mobility appears to coincide with a reduction in area crime from last
year. Sadly, binge drinking continues to be an issue.” - Josh Kyle, captain with the Riley County Police Department.
The Riley County Police Department would like to thank the businesses and volunteers involved in creating and maintaining a well-organized Command Post, as well as the agencies who provided assistance during this event. This police response could not have been possible without the assistance of the City of Manhattan as well as Riley County Emergency Management, Fort Riley, the Riley County Juvenile Intake, ABC, and Community Corrections.