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August 24, 2017

August 24, 2017
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The State College and Penn State Police Departments would like to announce the continued department partnership known as NEAT (Neighborhood Enforcement & Alcohol Team) for the fall 2017 semester.  NEAT teams are comprised of Penn State and State College Officers conducting highly visible, assertive and consistent enforcement patrols, in an effort to improve the quality of life in primarily the Highlands and Holmes-Foster neighborhoods.  NEAT teams, working on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, conduct pre-party contacts during the early evening hours and will be focusing on nuisance crimes such as noise, criminal mischief, public urination, and open container violations. Units will focus on crimes related to high risk drinking behavior to include furnishing alcohol to minors, underage drinking and public drunkenness. 

“The Penn State University Police Department is excited to again partner with the State College Police Department in the NEAT program.  We are committed to addressing quality of life issues for residents in these neighborhoods with dense student populations, through both education and enforcement.  The officers assigned will be visible and proactive in order to identify and stop problems before they start and the message will be clear that there will be consequences for failure to abide by the Law.”  -Chief Keith Morris, Penn State Police

This fall the NEAT teams will also be joined in the neighborhoods by PA State Police Liquor Control Enforcement Agents adding another component to this partnership.  Liquor control agents will be teamed with State College Officers on a weekly basis patrolling the neighborhoods adjacent to town and proactively assisting with alcohol related crimes and investigations.  

The additional resources provided to our community will assist to improve quality of life in our neighborhoods and combat dangerous drinking. The State College Police Department greatly values these partnerships and appreciates the willingness of Penn State and the State Police (LCE).

Chief John F. Gardner     
State College Police Department

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