September 5, 2017 2:10 pm

Halifax police stepping up patrols around universities as students head back

Halifax Regional Police is stepping up its patrol in the neighbourhoods around Dalhousie University and the University of King's College as students return to campus.

Jennifer Grudic/ Global News

University students heading back to school in Halifax this month can expect to see more police on campus.

Halifax Regional Police is launching its annual Operation Fall-Back campaign in the neighbourhoods around Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College.

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The campaign was created in 2004 after a spate of complaints from neighbours about noise, property damage and public intoxication in the south end of Halifax.

Throughout the month of September, police will have high-visibility patrols in known-complaint areas and focus on education and enforcement. They plan to work with the community, student groups, and university officials to prevent problems.

WATCH: Global’s Jennifer Grudic reports on the launch of Operation Fall-Back in 2016.

Once the program wraps up in October, police will partner with Dalhousie to create a dedicated patrol program in the neighbourhoods around the campuses.

Halifax Regional Police will provide the cruisers, while the university will pay for officers to patrol the area during peak times and dates throughout the year.

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