Police say more patrols pay off; incidents may exceed 480

By Bryan Richardson

What started off as a more relaxed Fake Patty’s Day turned out to be around the same as last year, according to Riley County Police Department projections.

All of the numbers listed below are from midnight to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

RCPD responded 462 incidents, making it very likely to exceed the level of citations issued last year. Last year, 480 citations were issued. The incidents were related to open containers, traffic stops, minor in possession, parking, noise complaints, towing and unlawful transportation of alcohol.

The peak time of these incidents occurred from 5 to 6 p.m., when RCPD responded to 58 calls. A particular active area other than Aggieville was the area of Ratone and Pomeroy streets. Lt. Josh Kyle said he hadn’t heard any more activity in the area since around 5 p.m.

Twenty arrests had been made, with most of them related to obstruction of the legal process followed by consumption in public and DUI. Last year, RCPD made 76 arrests in the 24-hour period of Fake Patty’s Day.

Kyle said despite the possibly increased numbers, RCPD has been able to handle the situation better this year.

“It doesn’t feel as out-of-control as we did last year,” he said.

Kyle attributed it partially to the amount of planning time and organization put into the patrolling the event this year. He said RCPD made an effort to increase bike and foot patrol in the morning, instead of waiting until noon like last year.

“It appears to have paid off,” Kyle said.

Working alongside RCPD were Fort Riley, Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Department, Emporia Police Department, Kansas Highway Patrol, Alcohol Beverage Control, Junction City Police Department and the K-State Police Department.

RCPD received three medical-related calls, two for unknown reasons and one for unconsciousness.

Kyle said the Manhattan Fire Department hasn’t reported any overcrowding problems with the Aggieville bars, something the fire department looked to address this year.

“Aggieville is very active, but I have not been aware of major problems with overcrowding or other issues,” he said.

Kyle said there was still plenty of time for the night to turn a number of ways.

“The night’s still young,” he said.

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