Bar coalition preps for upcoming semester

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The campus community bar coalition met Tuesday to talk about the upcoming semester and programs to keep students safe.

“Our call volume will triple overnight,” Purdue Police Chief John Cox said about the increase in students on campus.

The West Lafayette bar coalition made up of emergency personnel, retailers, community members and Purdue representatives are gearing up for the upcoming semester.

“Getting all of our establishments on the same page. Resounding some of the same messages that we delivered over the years, but then also talking some new key points,” West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski said.

One of those new changes, West Lafayette will have two more officers walking around bars on the Levee and in the Village during breakfast club.

“Our experience has been the more resources we throw with something, especially when they are on foot, the fewer interactions we have with our students the fewer arrests we have,” Dombkowski said.

Cox said officers will also keep an eye on the changes at Ross-Ade. The new south end zone patio will serve alcohol. Cox said the department has been working closely with the athletics department, and he doesn’t expect patrols in the area to pickup.

“If we have situations where we have highly intoxicated individuals that are inside that particular end zone area, then obviously we’ll have to take a look at redistributing our officers,” Cox said.

The coalition also talked about recent arrests around the state made by Indiana State Excise police. Seventy-four people were arrested at IU, more than 110 at Ball State, and just 13 at Purdue.

“Compare us over a five-year trend and then again this last weekend, Purdue has some of the lowest alcohol arrest numbers from outside agencies, from local agencies when it comes to a different culture,” Dombkowski said.

Other things happening this week, city officials and community members will be going door-to-door to welcome students living in neighborhoods surrounding campus and remind them that full-time residents call the same area home.

There will also be a sobriety check-point in West Lafayette Thursday night.

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