AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - The growing number of violent incidents involving rowdy students has Amherst police working overtime.
Amherst Police say that a recent spike in the number of assaults, alcohol, and noise violations involving students has their officers working 12-hour shifts. It is a move that Amherst Police Capt. Christopher Pronovost says led to the department hiring six officers to work days, as the night crew continues to be stretched thin.
Some who live in the area say that unruly students are draining taxpayer funds.
"I think all universities in the country get away with murader, in that they don't pay taxes for the land that they are on, and they expect the town they are in to cover all their services," Howard Mentin of Amherst said. "I think they should be paying taxes."
Captain Pronovost told 22News that problem areas are Phillips Street and Fearing Street; streets that are all located south of the UMass campus.