ST. CLOUD - St. Cloud Police cited 137 people for various offenses in the Southside Neighborhood as a result of the beginning of college fall semester.

This is down from 223 people cited compared to last year. According to St. Cloud State University officials, of the 137 people cited, 54 or 39 percent are current St. Cloud State University students.

St. Cloud Police again maintained a high level of staffing and enforcement efforts in the evening hours during the SCSU opening of the fall semester. This was in response to a shift in the last few years observed in the evening activity in the downtown and southside areas.

There were 70 under-21 consumption citations given and 62 of those cited were directed towards the diversion program administered by the St. Cloud City Attorney's Office and St. Cloud State University.

The Stearns County Jail booked 11 people on a variety of charges related to weekend enforcement.

Complete list of citations between 8/20-8/23:

  • Small Amount of Marijuana: 2
  • Urinating in Public: 6
  • Underage Consumption: 70
  • Possession of Alcohol: 4
  • Open Container Street/Sidewalk: 45
  • Failure to Stop at Stop Sign: 1
  • Disruptive Intoxication: 3
  • Fleeing on Foot: 5
  • Driving After Revocation: 3
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: 1
  • False Info to Police: 1
  • Noise Violation/Loud Music: 3
  • False ID: 1
  • Obstructing the Legal Process: 1

St. Cloud Police started their extra enforcement on Thursday night, with new students moving in earlier in the day. Returning students moved in on Friday.

Police, SCSU and St. Cloud city officials again continued the tradition of neighborhood prevention walks ahead of and during the opening weekend, making contact with 252 southside residences. The purpose of the walks was to greet residents and advise incoming students of local ordinances and general safety tips for the school year.