Police Gear Up For The Big Game

Apr 7, 2014

Lexington police are preparing to send out the largest deployment in their history in anticipation of tonight’s NCAA championship game.

Lexington Police chief Ronnie Bastin briefs reporters on plans for Monday night's NCAA championship game
Credit Josh James / WUKY

Police Chief Ronnie Bastin says his department is anticipating record crowds.

"I would have to say that the crowd, at least on State Street on Saturday evening, was larger than it was for the final game in 2012. So the crowds are large. We have some issues that we deal with, but by and large the overwhelming majority of the folks who are coming there are there to have a good time, to celebrate," he tells reporters.

Bastin says revelers can also expect a larger complement of officers patrolling the streets than they witnessed on Saturday.

"We're actually going to be working with the Kentucky State Police this evening. They will be deployed at the Limestone andMaxwell area, so they're going to take an entire venue for us," Bastin says.

Police will once again be using special cameras to capture images of lawbreakers.

An estimate 10,000 fans took to the streets on Saturday. Officers made 21 arrests.