Davis in Amherst to review response to “Blarney Blowout”

Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis appears at a forum entitled, "Leading Cities Through Crisis: Lessons from the Boston Marathon" held at Boston University in Boston, Monday, March 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis is at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to review the school and town’s handling of the so-called Blarney Blowout parties.

Dozens of people, including many students, were arrested and four police officers suffered minor injuries when rowdy pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebrations got out of control in several areas around town last month.

Davis tells The Daily Hampshire Gazette he and members of his consulting team will be in Amherst for the first meeting on Monday.

He says he will meet with students first.

Davis said he will study reports and operational plans from university staff. UMass is spending up to $160,000 on the investigation and the report it will generate.

The goal is to prevent similar events in the future.

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