University Police Department keeps campus safe, orderly

By Michael Semaca , Staff writer

For current and former students alike, Homecoming weekend is a special occasion on the University campus. But for the University of Illinois Police Department, it’s just business as usual, according to UIPD Deputy Chief of Operations Matt Myrick.

“UIPD works largely in a supportive capacity for Homecoming events, much like we do for football games, the Illinois Marathon and other events that bring in a larger-than-normal number of people,” Myrick said via an email.

Myrick said the UIPD has never had a problem with the increased amount of people on campus for Homecoming in the past, and they don’t expect that to change this year.

“The biggest event of the weekend, of course, is the football game, but it’s not too much different than any other home football game,” Myrick said. “We help with crowd control, traffic, and making sure everyone is enjoying themselves in safe, responsible and respectful ways.”

He also said that the crowds tend to follow the rules the UIPD puts up to maintain order, and respect the campus immensely.

However, Myrick did express concern over the possibility that another event could coincide with Homecoming weekend: the Chicago Cubs’ first World Series appearance since 1945.

“That could certainly drive more crowds, and it’s something we’ll have plans in place for if it happens,” he said.

Myrick also said the UIPD are happy to do what they do to help keep Homecoming safe for all Illini.

“It’s a very fun and meaningful week and weekend for a lot of people, and we’re just happy to help facilitate that experience,” he said.
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