There were more calls for police service during this year’s Indiana University of Pennsylvania homecoming weekend than there were during last year’s homecoming weekend, Indiana Borough Police Chief Justin Schawl told borough council Tuesday night.
However, he stressed, the increase from 169 calls in 2018 to 218 this year is in part because “we are documenting some of our patrols differently this year.” Schawl said he had a “cursory review” of preliminary numbers, with a more complete report to be made available to council next month.
Some of the numbers reflect a quiet weekend, including reports of five noise complaints and one disorderly gathering, “a remarkably low number for traditional celebratory weekend activities in the borough.”
The police chief said the homecoming parade Saturday “was peaceful in that we had no adverse incidents.”
However, there also were two sexual assault investigations, one physical assault of a towing company employee, two arrests for driving under the influence, and a domestic incident involving two visitors to Indiana, in which one party was charged with several counts for assaulting the other.
The police chief also said an officer for an assisting agency was injured in another incident involving a fight and foot pursuit, though those injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
During what “historically has been our tracking period,” Schawl said there were 45 calls for service between 3 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday, 51 calls between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, and 121 calls during the remaining hours through 3 p.m. Sunday.
“None of those numbers are in and of themselves alarming to the police department and they are generally in line with past year’s police service requirements for the homecoming weekend,” Schawl said.
He applauded “the diligent work of the code department and the public works department,” as well as borough parking crews working the special event.
“It really was a combined effort,” Schawl said.