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Iowa City Boost Patrols After Hawkeye Game
IOWA CITY (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--Theres nothing like the first game of the year to bring out die hard Hawkeye fans who can get a little rowdy after theyve had a few drinks.
Im just ready to turn up, have a good time, drink some beers, take a couple shots, said University of Iowa student Markus Keyes.
And so were most of the folks dressed in black and gold Saturday, filling bars at the Ped mall to the brim and keeping officers like Matt Young on high alert.
A few arrests have been made, Young said.
Iowa City police say on big game days most of their arrests are for public intoxication. So to make sure post-game parties dont turn violent, theyre stepping up patrols.
Football games, football season time, we beef up the presence down here, Young said.
Young is one of 15 officers patrolling the Ped mall.
Theres a wide range of things that we do look for, but mostly its the aggressive behavior, Young said. People trying to start fights, just making poor decisions.
Both on foot and by bike, police are checking for open containers, underage drinking, and trying to prevent a repeat of Friday night where more than 25 people were arrested for public intoxication downtown.
We understand people come downtown to watch the football game, have a good time, Young said.
But most importantly for Young that good time has to be a safe time.