Homecoming celebrations saw no increase in crime

30 officers patrolled during homecoming weekend, down from 80 to 100 last year.

by Emily Kaiser

Homecoming ended this weekend with few out-of-the-ordinary problems, said Greg Hestness, University police chief.

“It was regular business in addition to celebratory drinking,” he said.

Police arrested one person at the parade and a few at the football game for drinking-related offenses, Hestness said.

There were 29 calls to the police related to parties this weekend in the second precinct and no reports on campus, he said.

Approximately 300 people attended the bonfire Friday night, but there were no problems, Hestness said.

“It was very peaceful; everyone was having a good time,” he said.

Since the hockey riots of 2002 and 2003, UMPD increased its presence during major sporting events, including the football game Saturday.

“We tried to identify high-profile sporting events that might cause excessive exuberance,” he said.

University police, along with the Minneapolis Police Department, increased their visibility, set up a command post and created an emergency operation center to handle major outbreaks.

The plan included 30 officers, compared with last year’s 80 to 100, Hestness said.

“It appeared there was not really a threat so we closed it for the evening at 10 p.m.,” he said.

The weekend was similar to past homecoming weekends, he said.

“I am really pleased that we didn’t have any celebratory disturbance associated with the game,” he said.

Woman falls out of truck

Police responded Saturday afternoon to a student who was riding in the back of a pickup truck and fell out at Huron Boulevard and Fulton Street. The driver had been drinking but wasn’t over the .08 percent legal limit and did not immediately notice the woman fall, police said. The woman was not seriously injured.