Amherst Police prepare for incoming UMass freshmen

Police are high alert after last years Blarney Blowout

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – In Amherst this Labor Day weekend, there will be extra police patrols on the streets in areas that have been a problem in the past. The enforcement coincides with the move-in of thousands of UMass Amherst freshmen.

Police will be looking for underage drinking, and open containers of alcohol. Police said they’ll be handing out citations and making arrests. Some police officers won’t be in uniform, and they’re also using bicycle patrols.

Amherst residents who live near the campus told 22News they’re glad someone will be looking out for their quality of life. Peter Vickery said, “Their performance last year during the so called Blarney Blowout was first rate. They did a great job; real grace under pressure. I think what they are doing with regard to underage alcohol this year is another step in the right direction. I’m very glad we can depend on our police, and the undergrads are learning as well.”

Last year, Amherst Police charged more than 300 people for being underage with alcohol. The extra patrols have been funded through grant money from the Massachusetts Office of Public Safety.

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