Panhandle authorities report more spring break arrests

beach (florida)
Posted at 8:54 AM, Apr 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-06 08:54:00-04

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say spring break arrests set records in the Florida Panhandle this year.

Law enforcement officials tell The News Herald ( ) that they saw across-the-board increases in calls for service, arrests and gun-related incidents during March.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office reported that arrests jumped to 928 compared with 324 in March 2014. The agency also said gun seizures increased from nine last March to 39 this year.

Panama City Beach Police reported 935 arrests compared with 772 in March 2014. Police said they seized 33 guns last month compared with 26 last year.

Maj. Tommy Ford of the sheriff's office says having more officers working during spring break may be contributing to more arrests.

The Tourist Development Council gave each agency $150,000 for additional resources during spring break.