September 25. 2017 9:07PM

Officials report low arrest rate in Durham

Union Leader Correspondent

Durham police report a record low number of arrests at the beginning of this academic year. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)

DURHAM — Law enforcement officials in the town of Durham say they have seen a low number of arrests since the academic year began at the University of New Hampshire four weeks ago.

According to Durham Deputy Police Chief Rene Kelley, even though there is heavy foot traffic in downtown Durham, only 105 people have been taken into police custody. Most of the arrests were for unlawful possession of alcohol, noise violations, disorderly conduct, driving while intoxicated, possession of false identification and possession of marijuana, Kelley said.

Officers report that 70 percent of the people arrested by Durham police are UNH students.

On campus, 18 people were arrested this past weekend, which was when Homecoming celebrations took place. Six of the individuals arrested were not UNH students.

Prior to that, UNH police had arrested 40 people since the start of the academic year, according to police logs. Thirty of the people they arrested were UNH students, the other 10 do not attend classes in Durham.

Town Administrator Todd Selig applauded the work of both the school and town law enforcement agencies Monday.

“Durham and UNH police work hard to set the right tone each year within the community, both on and off campus. That, along with professional management within the new large off campus housing developments, is paying off this academic cycle thus far,” Selig said in a statement. “We’ll be looking for the trend to continue.”