Eau Claire (WQOW) – Blugolds young and old are returning to Eau Claire this weekend, for homecoming. Eau Claire Police are already preparing to make sure they celebrate responsibly.
Extra officers will patrol high-traffic areas like Water Street, the Randall Park neighborhood, and other the surrounding neighborhoods.
In 2017, police issued 45 citations and arrested six people during the homecoming festivities. Last year, they handed out 28 citations and arrested four people.
Eau Claire Police Officer Josh Miller believes pro-active enforcement is the reason for the decline in incidents.
“We have to write a lot less tickets if we have more officers in the area, and they’re making contact with people before there’s an issue. We found it’s a great way to sort of diffuse any situations that might happen before they actually happen,” said Miller.
Miller also said students do a great job of policing themselves. He said the the best way to avoid a visit from officers is to hold smaller gatherings and let your your neighbors know you’re having people over.