UNM Police emphasize safe football fun

Updated: 09/04/2014 10:16 PM | Created: 09/04/2014 8:57 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

ALBUQUERQUE -- Tailgating outside University of New Mexico football games is a yearly tradition, but with it has come a need for more safety precautions. While UNM police still try to let people have fun, they say they also do their best to make sure things don't get too wild.

"We know there's going to be alcohol at the games," UNM Police Lt. Tim Stump said. "We want to be there and make sure one, they don't hurt anybody, and they don't hurt themselves. We're there for protection."

UNM's student tailgate section has four emergency medical technicians, six Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office deputies and seven security guards, three of which are in charge of checking ID cards.

Even outside the student tailgate, police are on patrol. But on neighboring streets, things still happen, including a fight between a couple UNM fans after they left a tailgate last Saturday.

UNM Police say they do their best to stop even that from happening, though. During games, they have multiple law enforcement agencies working together. Albuquerque police handle most issues outside the stadium.

"We over-plan and let people go as we evaluate through the night," Stump said.

UMPD says overall, the first game of the season went smoothly, with few calls for service. In all, UNM police dealt with three fights, nine medical calls, 12 intoxication calls and one temporarily-missing child.

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