UK and Lexington police prep for basketball celebrations
LEXINGTON, Ky. - As the University of Kentucky basketball team moves deeper into the March Madness bracket, Lexington police and UK campus police are making preparations to ensure fans celebrate safely.
Up next for the Cats is a Sweet 16 game against UCLA on Friday. Police say they'll focus on bars and restaurants around South Limestone, as well as State Street, which is notorious for previous celebrations held there.
UK Police Chief Joe Monroe says, "We've got it down to a pretty good science over the last several years under Coach Calipari that we know what to expect."
Police and fire officials are asking fans to celebrate responsibly. "Don't trash the neighborhoods, don't turn over cars, and don't burn anything," Chief Monroe said.
Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard says "some young people feel invincible when they have alcohol, so those things are always going to happen."
UK Students caught violating the code of conduct could potentially face sanctions by the school.
3,000 security cameras around campus will be monitoring and recording celebrations. Officers will also be wearing body cameras this year.
UK police say they're working closely with construction managers at various sites, including the new Shriners Hospital near State Street. They're asking that all large objects that could be thrown be secured, and that batteries are removed or disconnected from heavy equipment.