It’s that time of year again when Halifax Regional Police launches its ‘Operation Fall-Back’ campaign in an effort to reduce noise complaints, property damage and public intoxication in the residential areas surrounding our universities.
The campaign, which was created in 2004 in response to concerns raised by citizens, will start the evening of August 31 and will run throughout the month of September. Halifax Regional Police will implement increased high-visibility patrols and directed enforcement in known complaint areas. We will continue to work closely with community groups, university officials and student representatives to help prevent a repeat of problems from previous years through education and enforcement.
In October, when ‘Operation Fall-Back’ has concluded, the partnership will evolve into a dedicated patrol program in designated neighborhoods around Dalhousie and King’s campuses. Through “Dalhousie Designated Police Patrol,” Halifax Regional Police provides the police cruiser and Dalhousie University pays the staffing costs for two officers who patrol at peak times on selected dates throughout the year.
Last year during ‘Operation Fall Back,’ officers issued 215 summary offence tickets for noise complaints, alcohol-related infractions and motor vehicle violations. Officers also responded to 250 noise complaints, arrested 21 people for public intoxication and two for criminal code offences.