The New Year's celebration in the Arcata Plaza was “more mild” compared to years past, according to Sgt. Brian Hoffman of the Arcata Police Department.
”There was nothing really out of the ordinary,” Hoffman said. “Less people were out there.”
A total of 15 arrests were made, with 11 people arrested for public intoxication, two for possession of psilocybin mushrooms and one for sale of marijuana, according to Hoffman.
”We made about half the arrests we normally do,” Hoffman said. “Over the last three years, we've really clamped down. It's pretty much slowed down.”
Hoffman said 12 officers from the APD and two officers from Humboldt State University Police Department were patrolling the area and “mixing in” with the crowd.
Once again, the statue of President William McKinley was fenced off to protect it from vandals.
On the morning of New Year's Day, only a few pieces of garbage could be seen scattered across the Plaza grass, with no broken bottles in sight.
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