University of Kentucky Police Dept. preparing for another rowdy crowd on State Street

Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 5:53 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky football is heading into the LSU game 5-0 after a big win over Florida, and big wins mean big celebrations.

State Street is the traditional spot for couch burnings and rowdy celebrations, which were plentiful after UK’s win over the Gators Saturday. University of Kentucky Police were in riot gear to keep tabs on the crowd, which is something officers are gearing up for again this weekend.

UK’s chief of police Joe Monroe said at this point they’ve learned a lot of lessons on keeping people

After the win over Florida, UK Police had two large scenes to work. The first one was on the field.

“After we started to clear the stadium, we expected state street to get more active, and which it did. It was a smaller scale than we normally see for basketball. It was a very manageable crowd,” Chief Monroe said.

The second was a few blocks away on State Street. Working with Lexington police and firefighters, they dealt with a few fires, and one arrest.

Monroe said he was happy with the way it went, with the crowd eventually clearing out sometime after midnight.

“What we’ll do is today we’re going through and reviewing everything from Saturday. Seeing what needs to be changed or augmented for this weekend’s game with LSU,” Monroe said.

It was a busy night for Lexington police, who have also increased their presence downtown. Sgt. Donnell Gordon said these were simply adjustments as things started to open back up following the pandemic.

Chief Monroe said they are prepared for a repeat this Saturday, but they need the crowd to know there are some things they won’t accept.

“We draw the line when it comes to personal safety of individuals, as well as the property. That’s where we have a zero tolerance of somebody getting hurt or hurting others, or you know burning property that belongs to someone else,” Monroe said.

Monroe said the one arrest they had was connected to a fight.

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