Georgetown sees spike in drug violations over the weekend

Maybe Georgetown students contracted reefer madness this weekend, but from Thursday, February 18, to Saturday, February 20, the Department of Public Safety recorded a shocking number of drug violations on campus in its Daily Crime Log (pdf)—five.

Five is shocking, you say? In fact, for one weekend, it is. A review of crime logs back to February 2009 reveal that most months don’t even see five drug violations at Georgetown. Nine of the last twelve months at Georgetown saw two or fewer drug violations, and only one—October, one of the heaviest months of crime at Georgetown in 2009—saw more drug violations, with a total of six. April had five and November had four.

With four drug violations already on the books for this month before last weekend, February 2010 is officially the month with the most drug violations at Georgetown in over a year. Only one other standalone weekend, October 15-17, comes close.

So what’s with the upswing in violations? Not to toot our own horn, but this increase in drug violations reported by DPS began immediately after the Voice‘s cover story about how much more lenient punishment for drug use is here than at George Washington University.

Director of the Public Safety Department has not responded to an inquiry whether there was a cause behind the spike, but the sources who drew our attention to the spike have jokingly blamed us for ruining everything. Sorry guys.

13 Comments on “Georgetown sees spike in drug violations over the weekend

  1. FORGET THE CUDDLER AND HOMOPHOBIC ASSAULTERS, WE’VE GOT THE REAL CRIMINALS RIGHT HERE.

  2. God forbid DPS competently solve an actual crime ever… totally deserved those raises they got hooked up with…

    guess we all need to start investing in vaporizers.

  3. 1) “but the sources who drew our attention to the spike have jokingly blamed us for ruining everything. Sorry guys.” – I’m surprised and disappointed VoxPop takes such a nonchalant attitude towards crime and drug use
    2) Riggs? As in Riggs library? Really? Really?
    3)Does this crime log also describe encounters with non-Georgetown students? Because especially being so near to the hospital, I wonder if the incident at Kober might have involved someone at the hospital
    4) How does DPS, (or the GW equivalent for that matter) encounter suspected offenses? Surely they don’t roam the halls looking for strange smells. If they’re going off reports, then were they not documenting these offenses before, but then prompted by the Voice article to do? That seems unlikely. I doubt the Voice article itself led to an increase in students reporting suspected use to DPS; has there been a deliberate campaign by RA’s or security guards to report what’s going on?
    5)Do students have the right to refuse DPS entry into their dorm without a warrant?

  4. 1) Two of these are marijuana. I’m 99% sure the other three are marijuana. Nonchalance toward marijuana use and nonchalance toward actual crimes that involve victims are pretty different.
    2) Riggs is a section of Nevils. Do you go here?
    3) Kober is also a section of Nevils. Perhaps this answers my question posed in #2.
    4) It is almost assuredly an RA campaign and they went and got DPS. Good for you, RAs. Those damn weed smokers are really ruining this campus.
    5) I forget, but I very, very much doubt it.

  5. WHY do you do these things to us poor marijuana users, voice blog? why not write something on cocaine usage on this campus instead of bothering the rest of us?

  6. I love living in an area where the stench from someone’s peace pipe helps ease me to sleep each night. I can’t believe the RAs would dare take away this coveted privilege I cherish so much. Damn the Man!

    Glad to see something is being done about drug use on campus. Yes, there are more serious drugs on Georgetown’s campus. But, if your neighbor is smoking an illegal substance, and it inconveniences you, why not report it? Kudos to DPS for competency.

  7. I hate burst your self-aggrandizing bubble, but I looked at the crime log and there were 4 drug violations in the first 11 days of February, so it’s hardly after your article that they all of a sudden started busting people.

  8. Why would the Voice write an article calling attention to how lenient our drug policy is here? Not cool. Seriously.

  9. not to dump on your sleuthing skills, but vox says in this article that there are “four drug violations already on the books for this month before last weekend.”
    so while good for you for looking in the logs, you could have just read the article.

  10. True, but my point is that the Voice is trying to take credit for this (“Not to toot our own horn, but this increase in drug violations reported by DPS began immediately after the Voice’s cover story about how much more lenient punishment for drug use is here than at George Washington University.”) when in actuality DPS has been busting people for drug use all along. Also, the post only says 4 for the month before the 18th, whereas I was more specific-1st-11th. This increases the concentration of the incidents, further disproving their theory of a spike after the article.

  11. God forbid DPS does its job. Why should it turn a blind eye to a crime, even if you don’t think it’s really a crime? Our campus isn’t exactly plagued with crime to begin with. A lot of crimes here seem to be thefts from unsecured areas. What can they do if people are too careless to secure their items (or lock their doors)? Especially since there are very few security cameras on campus, and thus no way to help them solve such crimes.

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