Safety plan again in place for NCAA Final Four games

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by WHAS editors

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Law enforcement officials from the city and University of Kentucky will again monitor and respond to celebration activities Saturday night as the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team continues its run in the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats take on Wisconsin at 8:49 p.m. Saturday.

“The Big Blue Nation has a lot to celebrate,” said Mayor Jim Gray. “I urge fans to keep being respectful of neighbors and property.”

Officers from the Lexington Division of Police and UK Police, along with firefighters, implemented a coordinated enforcement plan following the victories over Louisville, Wichita State, and Michigan.

University of Kentucky Police will provide increased patrol of the campus and adjacent areas before, during and after the game.  The police department also will employ its campus security system, which includes nearly 400 cameras that heighten surveillance of the area. The cameras have already proven to be an asset in investigating criminal acts on campus.

 “The best celebrations are ones in which nobody gets hurt,” added Lexington Fire Chief Keith Jackson. “Setting fires – no matter how small – is not part of a safe celebration.”

The university is encouraging safe celebratory behavior through communications with students, faculty and staff via email and social media.

After last week's successful #RespectTheRivalry Twitter campaign for the UK-UL game, a new message was created to highlight responsible Final Four celebrations:  #CelebrateLikeaChampion.  Both campaigns were created by UK students.
 

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