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Mar 16, 2015 6:10 PM

UNH Police prepare for spring parties


DURHAM - Authorities at the University of New Hampshire are preparing for anticipated large college crowds at spring parties.

It's a typical scene at the school during this time of year, as temperatures start to warm back up - and students start to enjoy the outdoors once again.

UNH Police Chief Paul Dean said although last year saw fewer issues in terms of student behavior, the department is taking no risks when it comes to big spring events like Cinco de Mayo.

"We're going to be serious about this," Dean said. "Everybody wants to have a good time on Cinco de Mayo, but they have got to be safe."

Students told NH1 News that last year's Cinco de Mayo was not as intense as it was the year before, and that theyr'e unsure of how this year's event will be.

"People think they come on too strong, and sometimes they do. But they have to kind of expect the worst," said UNH student Ryan Doonan of the police presence. "So I think we found a good way to kind of celebrate."

The UNH Police Dept. teams up with local and state police organizations to increase their presence during more crowded events, like concerts, according to Dean.

"Students know the value of their education. And they don't want that impacted by potential suspensions, or evictions, because of behavior," Dean said.


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