Bylaw Enforcement and Kingston Police have reported a relatively quiet St. Patrick’s Day. While enforcement partners quickly addressed three nuisance parties in the University District, resulting in a total of 25 administrative monetary penalties (AMPs), the celebrations marked an improvement from past years, according to a joint release from Kingston Police and the City of Kingston.
“We thank everyone in the University District for gathering responsibly and putting community safety first,” said Kingston Police Chief Antje McNeely. “While recent years have shown a troubling escalation in nuisance behaviour, this is a promising change of pace and is much appreciated by the Kingston community. By avoiding dangerous gatherings, you’ve helped to maintain capacity for first responders and emergency services to get where they need to be.”
The event follows a three-week door-knocking campaign, organized in partnership with Queen’s University, where representatives from Bylaw Enforcement and Queen’s Student Affairs spoke with 832 students in the University District to share important enforcement information, according to the release.
Community partners prepare for additional parties this Saturday
Kingston Police, Bylaw Enforcement, Frontenac Paramedics, and Kingston Fire & Rescue have reportedly received reports of gatherings planned for Saturday, Mar. 19, 2022, and will be prepared to respond with fines or charges if necessary, according to the release.
“While yesterday was a welcome change of pace, bylaw and police still issued a number of fines,” said Dan Hazell, Supervisor of Bylaw Enforcement. “I want to emphasize that we are prepared to issue additional fines and charges this weekend, if the need arises.”
In addition to administrative monetary penalties, individuals can still receive a court summons, with their identity being retained as part of a permanent court record. A reciprocal agreement is in place with Queen’s University to disclose the identities of individuals who receive a fine during the University District Safety Initiative, with the intent of facilitating non-academic sanctions, where necessary.
Kingston Police statistics – March 17
Liquor Licensing Act Charges:
- 41 open liquor charges, resulting in a court summons
- 3 public intoxication charges, resulting in an arrest
- 7 underage drinking charges, resulting in a court summons
Administrative Monetary Penalties:
- 1 for amplification of sound, resulting in a $200 fine
Bylaw Enforcement statistics – March 17
Administrative Monetary Penalties:
- 2 for failing to leave premises of a nuisance party, resulting in a $500 fine
- 3 for hosting or sponsoring a nuisance party, resulting in a $2000 fine
- 18 for amplification of sound, resulting in a $200 fine
- 1 for yelling or shouting, resulting in a $100 fine
Healthcare capacity continues to be a priority
In the release, emergency healthcare providers also emphasized the impact of responsible gatherings on maintaining capacity.
“We would like to thank the community as well as our partner organizations for the efforts made yesterday to help encourage responsible St. Patrick’s Day celebrations,” said Carol McIntosh, Director of Emergency and Urgent Care at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. “As a result of everyone’s efforts, we saw minimal activity in our Emergency Department from St. Patrick’s Day, which allowed us to continue to focus on the seriously ill and injured patients from across the region who needed our support.”
“Yesterday was a busy time for Frontenac Paramedics,” added the agency’s Chief, Gale Chevalier. “Still, paramedics responded to some incidents that could have been avoided at a time when health care capacity is under stress. Thank you to everyone who celebrated responsibly. To those planning to celebrate through the rest of the weekend, I remind you to do so responsibly and to treat Paramedics and all public safety professionals with courtesy and respect.”
As the weekend approaches, the City and Kingston Police remind partiers that avoiding high-risk situations, like drinking on a roof or crowded porch, can help them easily avoid a fine and keep the community safe.