More officers on the streets in Isla Vista may be making a difference, bringing the weekend active party scene under control.
On the second weekend since UC-Santa Barbara students returned to Isla Vista, arrests and citations were cut in half.
“We only have two weekends right now to compare in terms of students moving back. The first weekend didn’t go well. Of the 100 citations and arrests issued that weekend, about 30 were from UCSB and 30 were from Santa Barbara City College,” said Kelly Hoover, spokesperson for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.
“Flash back to this past weekend, and things went really well. We had virtually half the number of arrests than we did on move-in weekend,” Hoover said.
Although the optimism is based on just one weekend, authorities say it is a step in the right direction.
Some students seemed to appreciate the increased patrols.
“A lot of people disrespect the cops. But, like, honestly the cops have their jobs and they do their thing and its for the people’s safety,” said Matt Chase.
But, others say the calmer weekends may not last long.
“School just started, kids were trying to get into studying habits and they were keeping a little bit quieter,” said Noah Shachar, a UCSB sophomore.
“I imagine, right up to Halloween and afterwards, there will probably be more partying. You get more used to being at school. You realize you don’t have to spend as much time doing your school work. You get used to a routine and you are able to go out more,” said Shachar.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department wants to keep the momentum going. It’s inviting all students to take part in the “Coffee With A Cop” event. Students will get the chance to talk to Isla Vista Foot Patrol Deputies one-on-one. The event takes place Wednesday from 10 to noon at the Starbucks in Isla Vista.