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Connects Against Crime: IC Party Patrols

Updated: Friday, September 13 2013, 12:30 AM CDT
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- They are the ultimate party crashers, at the number one party school in America according to the Princeton Review.

“It may not be as bad as the ranking gives it, it's a small population of the students here that are causing problems,” said Officer Alex Stricker with the Iowa City Police Department.

For the Iowa City police party patrol, which keeps house and apartment parties in check, that small population can be a handful. Officers run the patrol on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

A small population of students is essentially what we found at our first stop on the party patrol. The music was blasting before police even got to the door.

Officers estimate 75 kids were cramped into this small apartment.

“If you don't live here you need to leave,” an officer said to the students gathered inside.

The host tried to explain the situation.

“It's his birthday, and we were trying to keep it small, and people showed up who we didn't know,” the student said.

The noise was enough for a citation.

“The hallway is filled with people drinking from red cups that obviously came from here,” the officer said.

Excessive drinking and noise was an issue at the next house party.

“Let's go, you just need to leave,” officers told this crowd.

In addition to other substances, as officers could smell marijuana in the apartment.

Officers gave the host in this apartment a citation as well. His friends tried to step in.

“Dude you need to leave or you're gonna get arrested,” an officer warned one onlooker.

Police say just because they break up a party in one location doesn’t mean their problems are over.

“One person may get a citation or a warning…the other people don't care, so they move on to the next party,” Officer Stricker said. Connects Against Crime: IC Party Patrols

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