Police Have More Than Mifflin to Patrol Saturday

By: Dana Brueck
By: Dana Brueck

A number of big events this weekend will draw plenty of crowds, and the more people, the more need for police.

At University Avenue Liquors, calls for kegs pour in come time for Mifflin Street's infamous party.

Liquor store owner Namasivayam Mahendran says, "Last night, a lot of people were calling, even this morning when I came, we got so many calls."

And when customers come calling, so do police.

"If police come, yes, we have all records to show," Mahendran says.

Police will check keg registrations Friday evening as local stores make their deliveries.

"On this small weekend, it's equal to almost one month's sale," Mahendran, owner of University Avenue Liquors says.

It's also one of the busiest weekends for police.

"Just the fact that we have so many events going on," Ofc. Jean Papalia says.

Mifflin Street's block party, the Crazylegs Classic, the Farmers' Market, and a possible protest on State Street.

"Mifflin Street creates a spill effect too throughout other neighborhoods, people going to and from, people parking their cars and walking," Papalia says.

Police recommend people without a downtown destination avoid downtown entirely.

"If you're going to come through downtown, expect delays. We can't do too much to help you, just a lot of people in one place," Papalia says.

People also will find extra patrols, not only on Mifflin Street, but State Street too.

"Last year, there was a lot of people who would leave from Mifflin to go to State Street and many were from out of town, didn't know our rules and regulations as far as alcohol and carrying drinks around," Papalia says.

And remember, no glass.

"No bottle, no banner, no noise, all of those things. We like to protect our customers and we don't want any problem," Mahendran says.

Papalia says "The overriding factor is we have to have a safe event, and it has to be safe for the people at party, people who live there and are not partying and for officers that have to be there."

The Madison police department has assigned more than 100 officers to patrol Mifflin Street alone.

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