St. Patrick’s Day revelry results in over 100 charges, $30K in fines

Police walk among those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the University District on Saturday, Mar. 16, 2024. Photo by Cris Vilela/Kingstonist.

The City of Kingston and Kingston Police have issued a press release, summarizing actions taken during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. While they reported handing out dozens of fines, the consensus from many involved is the weekend was one of the best in recent memory.  

“Overall, we’re glad about how things went this weekend. We had a lot of compliance and did not have any serious safety concerns that came out of the event,” said Kyle Compeau, Manager of Enforcement at the City of Kingston.

“Attendees were mostly respectful and cooperative and when the street was taken over, we saw it dispersed quicker than in previous years.” 

Compeau attributes this success to “the student engagement with Kingston police liaison teams and by-law enforcement in the weeks leading up.”

The University District Safety Initiative was in effect from March 11 until March 18. During this time, Bylaw Enforcement, Kingston Fire & Rescue, Kingston Police and Frontenac Paramedics had an increased presence in the University District. 

A Nuisance Party was declared on Aberdeen Street between Earl and William just before 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. According to the release, officers immediately restricted traffic to the area and attendees were ordered to disperse or be liable to penalties. The crowd was successfully cleared, and the declaration was lifted at 3 p.m. 

Bylaw Enforcement reported the following fines and charges:   

  • 6 x $2000 Hosting a nuisance party Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) 
  • 18 x $500 Failure to comply with an order to leave premises AMPs 
  • 17 x $200 Amplified sound AMPs 
  • 5 x $200 “Yelling & shouting” violation AMPs 

Kingston Police reported the following fines and charges:  

Liquor Licence and Control Act Charges: 

  • 99 Open liquor charges, resulting in a court summons 
  • 2 Public intoxication charges, resulting in an arrest 
  • 2 Underage drinking charges, resulting in a court summons 

Administrative Monetary Penalties: 

  • 1 X $500 Failure to comply with an order to leave premises AMP 

In total, that amounts to 150 charges laid between police and bylaw enforcement officers. In 2023, a total of 386 such charges were laid over the same weekend — meaning that the total number of charges laid in 2024 decreased by 61.1 per cent.

“The utilization of our Liaison Teams and enforcement are clearly making an impact at mass gathering events,” stated Kingston Police Chief Scott Fraser. “The Kingston Police developed an operational plan and executed that plan with professionalism and precision. The entire organization working together led to a successful St. Patrick’s Day event. Our community partners contributed to ensure the safety and security of attendees and property. Despite increasing our enforcement, initial observations would include the reduction of charges laid. Our goal is to reduce our footprint at these events without jeopardizing safety or security.” 

“As we consistently communicate and deliver enforcement, we are seeing an increase in compliance,” he added. “This compliance will allow the Kingston Police to pivot from enforcement to crowd management as we move forward. I would personally like to thank our Civilian and Sworn staff, along with City partners and Community partners for a job well done!” 

According to the release, the City of Kingston and Kingston Police are grateful to all Community Partners involved in this weekend’s operations, including Queen’s University, Frontenac Paramedics, Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Kingston Fire & Rescue, who once again worked together in the preceding weeks and over the weekend to ensure safety for the entire community. City staff and Police will continue collaborating with Queen’s University administration and student representatives throughout the year in anticipation of future events.

2 thoughts on “St. Patrick’s Day revelry results in over 100 charges, $30K in fines

  • I’m waiting to see whether the cost to police and provide other emergency services for this “successful” party will be revealed.

  • Our little family lived on Aberdeen street when we first arrived in Kingston 40 years ago. I recall awaking the morning after one Homecoming street party to discover that, in order to accommodate one more vehicle when there was no street parking left, our tiny Austin Mini had been literally lifted out of its parking spot and gently carried onto our neighbour’s lawn three doors down. Shocking, yet somehow, I still laugh out loud remembering it.

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