UK, Lexington Police Preparing for 'March Madness' Crowds
As "March Madness" continues for many people in the Lexington area, law enforcement officials are gearing up for what could be extensive crowd control this coming weekend.
The University of Kentucky will battle UCLA in a "Sweet 16" NC double A match-up Friday night. While both Lexington and UK police have experience in dealing with large numbers, especially students in the State Street area, Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard says growth in housing around campus can contribute to the size of the gatherings.
“Usually we’ll have our helicopter up and we’ll hear radio calls come in for service and then we’ll monitor and able to be very fluid with our response teams. But we’ll have to watch the flow of where the crowds are going,” said Barnard.
UK Chief Joe Monroe is asking those celebrating to act responsibly and not trash neighborhoods, turn over cars or burn anything.
UK's Friday night opponent, UCLA, beat the Wildcats earlier this year.