DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The University of Dayton Police Department will not be alone should there be any trouble this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
We did some checking and the Dayton Police Department is ready to spring into action as well if need be.
Hundreds filled the streets on campus on St. Patrick’s Day 2013. The out of control partying led to 11 smashed cars and streets full of broken glass.
As of Friday evening, some areas of campus have already been blocked off and the university will not be allowing outsiders into traditional dorms.
Dayton Police Lieutenant Andrew Booher says his department has been talking with campus police and officials to ensure they are prepared for anything that may happen this year.
“We’ll have guys in and around the area monitoring activity,” said Lt. Booher.
They will be in constant contact this weekend. “If they see anything, they’ll contact us and we’ll assist in any way we can.”
Extra officers will stay close to campus and check back between other calls.
“So we’re not in their way, but we’re there if they need anything.”
Partiers will also raise a glass in the Oregon District where there will be an increased police presence funded by the district’s business association.
Lieutenant Booher says he doesn’t anticipate any problems there.
“Really, the Halloween parties generally are a lot bigger down in the Oregon District and we very seldom have anything going on down there.”
No matter where you celebrate, police just want you to be safe.
“Our goal is not to make a bunch of arrests. It’s ok to have fun but within reason.”
The University of Dayton is also taking a proactive approach to preventing any problems.
It is offering alternative ways to celebrate this weekend with events like St. Patrick’s Day Palooza at Artstreet and neon dodgeball at the RecPlex.