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UPDATE: Arrests down but citations up in San Luis Obispo during Halloween weekend

UPDATE:

Corrected information from SLOPD:

San Luis Obispo police arrested 20 people and issued 77 citations for offenses varying from being too loud to urinating in public during the Halloween festivities this weekend.

Arrests were down by less than a third from last year but the number of citations issued went slightly up.

The police department announced plans early last week to squash the party before it happened by deploying dozens of additional officers to the streets and imposing steep penalties for violations.

Note: San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deb Linden said Monday afternoon that the number of arrests and citations released by police in the morning was not accurate because of an inadvertent error made when the information was pulled from the department’s computer system. Linden said the information released Monday morning was incomplete. She said it was unclear exactly how the mistake happened, but that police plan to release updated totals of arrests and citations on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning.


San Luis Obispo police arrested 15 people and issued 88 citations for offenses varying from being too loud to urinating in public during Halloween festivities over the weekend.

Arrests were down by more than half from last year but the number of citations given went up.

The police department announced plans early last week to quash the party before it happened by deploying dozens of additional officers to the streets and imposing steep penalties for violations.

The need for the added enforcement, law enforcement officials say, is due to a significant increase in partying and alcohol-related offenses in the past several years on Halloween. The fines for the various citations start at $700 and go up to $1,000 under the city's safety enhancement zone ordinance. In April, the San Luis Obispo City Council added Halloween and St. Patrick's Day to the ordinance, which stipulates that first-offense violations double.

Last year, police issued 18 citations for noise violations and 35 alcohol-related citations, and made 33 arrests during Halloween weekend.

Police say that the rain significantly decreased crowds Friday night, but thousands of people took to the streets Saturday night after Cal Poly’s homecoming game. Parties in residential areas were active until about 1 a.m. and the downtown remained busy until 2 a.m., according a press release issued Monday by the police department.

The San Luis Obispo Police Department deployed approximately 28 officers Friday and Saturday nights and 18 officers on Sunday night.

The cost of the overtime for the added patrols is not yet available.

Last year, San Luis Obispo police logged 90 hours of overtime at a cost of about $6,200 during Halloween weekend.

--AnnMarie Cornejo

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