WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Thousands of Purdue University students will pack West Lafayette’s Village for the first Breakfast Club of the season Saturday morning. All the early morning fun means officers will be stepping up patrols.
“I just heard it’s the place to be, get your drinks early on in the morning, a great way to wake up, you know, start your day off right,” Tyler Berlin said.
“Oh, it gets pretty packed,” said David Leroy.
“It’s definitely an experience that everybody here does,” said Taylor Kaehr.
Students say Breakfast Club at Purdue can be quite the experience. Thousands of students show up in costumes, ready to bar hop with their friends before a home football game. The thousands of students keep officers with the West Lafayette Police Department on their toes.
“They interact with our students. They try to have a very approachable face that day in making sure that we’re not this other entity. We’re immersed in our students, we’re having dialogue with them and we’re making sure that safety is one,” said Jason Dombkowski, West Lafayette police chief.
Dombkowski said this year, two more officers will be out walking around the bars in the village. That means at least six to eight officers will be on foot Saturday morning.
The orange barricades will go up for every home game this year. Dombkowski said they’re a crucial part in making sure everyone stays safe.
“It has those controlled crossing points in the Village and then it widens the sidewalks for safety as well. Then we staff it appropriately. We also have officers on foot there and then also on Friday and Saturday nights,” said Dombkowski.
Students seem to agree that extra officers, as well as extra barricades, will help.
“You know, I think that’s good that they’re staying involved, trying to keep people safe, so doing their part,” said Berlin.
“The sidewalk’s not the longest, or the widest, I guess, so they help because people are always stumbling in the street and everything,” said Leroy.
“It’s kind of cool that they, like, support it. But yet are very protective of it, and make sure that we’re all safe,” said Kaehr.