As the one-year anniversary of the Fleming Drive Riot approaches, the London Police Service is doing everything it can to avoid a repeat on Sunday.
On March 17, 2012 hundreds of students and out-of-town visitors converged on Fleming Drive after a CTV news vehicle was flipped over and set on fire.
A total of 175 charges were laid against 68 people during the Fleming Drive investigation.
Of the individuals facing charges, 26 were Fanshawe College students at the time of the riot.
This year, there will be more officers deployed on St. Patrick’s Day than ever before as police beef up their presence downtown and in student neighbourhoods.
Constable Ken Steeves says with tourists in town for the World Figure Skating Championship police will be extra diligent.
Steeves is reminding St. Patrick’s Day partiers that hosts and guests can be charged $500 if celebrations get out of control.
London Police have collaborated with Fanshawe, Western University and the City of London to make sure a zero tolerance approach is taken.