UMD ranked seventh for drug and alcohol arrests made on campus nationwide

By KBJR News 1

February 7, 2014 Updated Feb 7, 2014 at 11:01 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A new national survey has rated the University of Minnesota Duluth as one of the top schools in the country for drug and alcohol arrests made on campus.

However, UMD police officers say it's actually a good thing.

The Drugs on Campus study looked at arrests and sanctions during 2011 on campuses with more than 5,000 students.

UMD was seventh on the list.

But Scott Drewlo, director of campus police at UMD, says the results show that UMD police are aggressively enforcing alcohol and drug laws on campus, which they say is a good thing.

He says what officers are doing is essentially following the broken windows model of community policing... meaning by cracking down on smaller crimes, bigger crimes are prevented.

"By us aggressively and actively enforcing this, the alcohol and drug statues, we're nipping some possible problem behavior on the front end. So we're not seeing the sexual assaults, the assaults, the disturbances, the disorderly conduct crimes down the road that result from poor decision making," said Drewlo.

According to the study UMD arrested 14 students per every one-thousand for alcohol and drug offenses in 2011.

Elsa Robins