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Campus, city police department ready for homecoming weekend


Eau Claire (WQOW) - This weekend is homecoming weekend at UW-Eau Claire. Students and alumni will be out in big numbers to enjoy the festivities. That means police will do their part to make sure nothing gets out of hand.

"Anytime you have a large crowd of people in small areas such as we see on homecoming it's a concern for police," said Kyle Roder, Eau Claire Police Officer.

Homecoming weekend is here once again in Eau Claire, and that means lots of extra law enforcement officers.

"Our officers will be on foot patrol on Water Street, they'll be in squad cars around the college housing area, because that's where we see the largest issues," Roder said.

As for university police...

"We're always looking at different way to increase the safety around all of campus but especially near the river. And especially because the river runs through campus, we want to try every option that we have," said Sgt. Chris Kirchman with the University Police.

That's why they're working together with students to organize a watch system designed to monitor the university footbridge. It's modeled after a program at UW-La Crosse. But the one in Eau Claire still has some kinks to work out.  

"Where do you exactly patrol? It isn't all parkland, and so that becomes a little bit more of an issue with deciding how many people we would need out there and how many areas we could actually cover," Kirchman explained.

Still, university police see the need for an increased presence, whether that is student volunteers or officers.

"In La Crosse this was initially brought up by student groups. They wanted to be part of the solution. And so we feel that here in Eau Claire if we could make that work that would be a good thing," added Kirchman.

So no matter how you celebrate…

"As long as you're being responsible, and you're respecting the property that you're on, you shouldn't have any problems this weekend," said Roder.

The homecoming parade is at 10 a.m. tomorrow, with the football game kicking off at 1 p.m.



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