TCU police report lower instances of public intoxication at games

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    TCU police officers are teaming with Fort Worth police officers to crack down on public intoxication at football games.

    There have been lower public intoxication reports this season compared to last season, according to TCU Police Daily Crime Log and Fire Report. Last season there were a reported 13 total public intoxication incedence and six incidences at this time last season, which is higher than the three incedence reported so far this season. 

    A combination of 11 a.m. kickoffs and an increase in police officers present in the student section, said Sgt. Kelly Ham of the TCU Police Department.

    “We had more than we’d like to have,” he said. “There was an increase in officers this year in the student section and, with the games being earlier, we haven’t had much problem this year with them.”

    DeAndre Lewis, junior pre-business major, said he believes the increase in police at games is not the reason public intoxication has decreased, .

    “I don’t think it has anything to do with the police, “ he said. “I think it is a little early for people to be drinking, so that might have cut it down.”

    Some students say an increase in police in the student section is unnecessary. But, junior business marketing major Sybil Rose said it is important to have some police present in case things get out of control.

    “Family weekend…[my mom and I] saw a [student] throw up everywhere, all over the back of a girl,” she said. “She was mortified and my mom was mortified watching this. It doesn’t represent TCU well.”

    Last season, there were also problems with students throwing things at the opposing team, and TCU police has responded to that, Ham said.

    “We’ve added very high definition cameras in the student section to prevent things from being thrown on the field,” he said.

    Whether it is the early kick offs or the increase of police officers at games, public intoxication rates have lowered, and the TCU Police Department plans to keep it that way, Ham said.