University administrators and local and University law enforcement officials agree that the 36th annual Homecoming for Plymouth State students and alumni was a positive weekend for all concerned.
Police officials reported 28 arrests related to Homecoming, fewer than in each of the past two years.
Vice President for Student Affairs Richard Hage attributes the success to a mix of good planning on the part of alumni and student committees, and interdepartmental cooperation between University and Town of Plymouth police. Neighborhood patrols by volunteers wearing yellow jackets also served as a reminder to everyone that Plymouth State is a community neighbor.
University Police Chief John E. Clark says cooperative, proactive enforcement is a key element in handling large events. “Cooperation ensures consistent compliance and being proactive by visiting noisy locations, for instance, to remind residents of noise ordinances, helps head off third-party complaints,” he says.
Agencies assisting University and town officials throughout the weekend included the New Hampshire State Police and Liquor Commission, town partners Holderness and Ashland and the Grafton Country Sheriff’s Department.