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UAPD steps up patrols for Homecoming weekend

Posted at 4:04 PM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 21:36:10-04
The University of Arizona football game isn't the only reason to celebrate this weekend.
 
Thousands of people are expected to head down to campus for Homecoming and police are stepping up patrols to make sure all that attend have fun and remain safe.
 
As students, families and alumni make their way to the U of A for Homecoming.  
 
"You know everyone is saying Bear Down and you feel it not just on campus but the alumni group and it is home for us," says 1978 UA Alumni Ellen Murphy. 
 
The UA spirit is all around campus.
 
Freshman, Sophie Wasserman says, "football games are really fun and a chance for everyone to get a little rowdy and get excited for the Wildcats to win."
 
But with that rowdiness, police are stepping up patrols. 
 
UAPD is keeping an eye on the crowds and resident halls where students like to congregate. 
 
Sgt.Filbert Barrera says everyone should take care of one another.
 
"Make sure we're not drinking and driving. Have a plan and sticking to the plan."
 
With Homecoming falling the same weekend as Halloween, Sgt. Barrera says more than 130 police will be on hand all weekend. They will be extending deployments for DUI's until Tuesday.
 
UAPD is advising everyone to have a good time but be safe.