Kingston Police, City remind community to stay safe this long weekend
With the return to school next week, the City of Kingston and Kingston Police remind new and returning post-secondary school community members to stay safe during their move-in and orientation activities.
“Kingston Police recognizes that students, especially incoming first-year students, are excited to take in the full post-secondary experience. We are here for you, and we strive to ensure that the safety of everyone in our community remains our paramount objective,” said Kingston Police Staff Sergeant Carla Stacey.
“The safety of the community is our number one priority,” added Kyle Compeau, City of Kingston Licensing and Enforcement Manager. “The University District Safety Initiative (USDI) provides us with an opportunity to work with our partners to educate students and property owners on the risks of large gatherings.”
Of note, Kingston Police responded to over 20 calls for service in the University District and the area around St. Lawrence College between 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 and 3 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. These included over a dozen noise complaints in the University District, as well as a number of disturbances in the University District and downtown core.
In effect until Saturday, Sept. 10 at 12 p.m., the UDSI supports community safety and mitigates risk associated with large gatherings, according to a joint release from the City and Kingston Police. The City can also issue Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) for Nuisance Party and Noise Bylaws infractions.
“The City only puts the UDSI in effect for certain periods of the year where we have historically had large community safety concerns related to unsanctioned street parties,” the City of Kingston explained in response to Kingstonist inquiries around why the UDSI is only in effect until next Saturday.
“These dates are orientation week, Queens Homecoming, and St. Patrick’s day. The timeframes were established from the 2018 report that went to Council based on public engagement and [City] staff feedback,” the City continued, noting that these timelines have been in effect for a number of years now.
Both organizations encourage community members to learn more about the municipal measures in place to discourage unsanctioned large gatherings and high-risk or disruptive behaviours by reading the Good Neighbour Guide: a Guide to the City of Kingston Bylaws. Staff from both Bylaw Enforcement and Kingston Police will be in the community in the coming days sharing information about the USDI and answering resident questions, according to the release
“Maintaining the safety of those living in our community is the City’s paramount objective,” the organizations said. “Together, let’s ensure that these final weeks of summer are enjoyed safely and responsibly.”