Sporting Event Safety

By: Stuart Peck
By: Stuart Peck

Law enforcement is a must at sporting events to ensure security and safety. With the assault in LT Smith Stadium and nearby shooting a week ago at the Raferty's Bowl, safety has once again come to the fore front of people’s minds.

Investigations Commander Captain Mike Dowell says the police department does not decide how large the security force will be, but it's up to the director of the event.

"Well, there's a number. It would depend on who's in charge of the event. As to the number of officers for the crowd, they may be anticipating or the type of event it would be."

Dowell says in addition to police patrolling at sporting events, there are also emergency call buttons around the stadium and parking garages for someone to use if they need to.

"If you see a problem or some sort of suspicious activity, all you need to do is go up to one of those boxes, push the button on it, the talk button, and it will connect you with the dispatcher at the WKU Police Office. Tell them what type of problem you have and they'll send someone to that location."

He goes on to say it's the police department's first priority to ensure fans and players are safe while at Western events.

Captain Dowell encourages anyone who might have information about last weekend's shooting or assault to call the WKU-PD at 745-2548.


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