City of Lincoln
2006 News Releases
The Lincoln Police Department is preparing for its annual fall season of disorderly parties and the calls for service that result from these. Each year as school begins in the fall, the number of complaints that the police department receives on wild parties rises. The police department is preparing for these parties this weekend by having officers on the party patrol to respond to disorderly parties.
Lincoln Police Chief Tom Casady also announced the formation of a new partnership between the three largest college campuses in Lincoln to address the problem of wild parties throughout the city. The Lincoln College Partnership brings together student leaders and administrators from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Wesleyan University, and Southeast Community College to send the message to students at the institutions that disruptive parties are problematic for everyone involved and need to be eliminated. This campaign, titled “We Agree” reinforces the collaboration between the campuses and the city, educates students about the consequences for hosting these parties, and encourages students to adopt practices that keep their parties from becoming disruptive to surrounding neighbors.
This past spring the Lincoln City Council increased the penalties for second offenses of Maintaining a Disorderly House, including mandatory jail time and a fine of $500. The Lincoln Police Department issued more than 400 citations for Maintaining a Disorderly House last year responding to wild party complaints. Officers also wrote over 1,500 citations for MIP last year, the majority of these were written at wild parties.
Although less than a third of wild parties are hosted each year by college students, those involved in campaign want to do their part in educating all students on the consequences and ways to keep their parties under control.