Police Gear Up For The Big Game

Apr 2, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington police will be stepping up patrols in anticipation of tonight’s NCAA championship game. But the department is staying tight-lipped about its plans.

In light of the fires, property damage, and rowdy behavior that broke out on State Street and other locations in Lexington after Saturday’s UK-UofL game, police are increasing their presence around town tonight. At a press conference, Lexington police chief Ronnie Bastin issued a stern warning to anyone contemplating a replay of this weekend’s events, saying, "Individuals who choose to engage in this behavior will be investigated and prosecuted. If you choose to commit criminal acts, don't be surprised when we knock on your door, even days after the event, and arrest for you for a criminal offense."

UK police chief Joe Monroe called on students to remember that the eyes of the nation are now fixed on the university and their behavior affects the reputation of the institution. Police made more than 30 arrests following Saturday’s game and expect to make more by IDing offenders caught on camera and they’re enlisting the help of citizens. Those who identify individuals at IDThisperson.comwill receive a $25 reward.