F8 Program

What is F8?
F8 Posters F8, First Eight Weeks, is an ongoing project to evaluate and address adverse behavior in certain State College residential neighborhoods during the Penn State University Fall Semester. The Borough of State College partners with Penn State University and the Centre Region Council of Governments on the F8 initiative, meeting on a weekly basis throughout the Fall Semester. 

The program was initiated in 2007 following visits to and consultations with several other communities that host major universities and have started similar programs with encouraging results. The F8 data presents an analysis of representative Police and Ordinance Enforcement incidents affecting quality of life in select State College neighborhoods. The data covers State College Highlands, Holmes-Foster and College Heights neighborhoods and has expanded upon the initial 8-week study period to a 16-week study period each year.

  • In 2012, total offenses were down by 285 offenses (21.12%) compared with 2011 and down by 77 offenses when compared with 2010.
  • The major cause of the decrease between 2012 and 2011 is attributed to a decline of 260 refuse offenses. 
  • Total offenses were down in all neighborhoods in 2012 compared with 2011.
  • Police offenses were down slightly in 2012 when compared to 2011 and 2010.
  • Police offenses by neighborhood shows that for 2012 compared to 2011, police offenses are up in Holmes-Foster and College Heights, flat in Highlands South and down in Highlands North.
  • Offenses by Complainant show a reduction in complaints by the public and a decrease in officer-initiated complaints. The decrease in officer-initiated complaints is largely the result of a decrease in officer-initiated refuse complaints, which dropped from 439 in 2011 to 193 in 2012. This is a decrease of 268 or 96% of the decrease of the officer-initiated complaints recorded in 2012. The total number of refuse complaints recorded in 2012 marked a return to the range of refuse complaints logged in years 2006-2010 where the high was 297 (in 2009) and the low was 182 (in 2006).

Current F8 Report

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 Previous F8 Reports

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