UD police, area businesses prepare for St. Patrick’s Day crowds

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DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN)- With St. Patrick’s Day less than two weeks away, the University of Dayton community is preparing for a big day. 

UD Police Chief Rodney Chatman released a video ahead of the holiday asking to students to refrain from repeating the same rowdy behavior they had last year. 

“Thats not who we are as Flyers,” Chatman said in the video.

In 2018, St. Patrick’s Day ended with police marching down Lowes Street in riot gear. On top of 12 students arrested that day, close to 70 were referred to the University’s disciplinary process. 

Chatman said they will be patrolling the area again this year. Chatman warned students to work with police to ensure everyone is safe. 

“It’s important that you be respectful, cooperative and immediately obey any police orders,” Chatman said. “If a police officer asks you to disperse either face to face or through a loud speaker, that is a police order.”

Flanagan’s Pub nearby is also planning for a large crowd. Owner Colin Pohlman said they have been planning for the holiday for six months.

“Everything from staffing volunteers, to getting the bar stocked, to making sure the bands are ready. It’s a big puzzle that needs to be put together but we’re just about finished,” Pohlman said.

Last year, 4,000 people walked through their doors. Pohlman is working with police to ensure the continued safety of his patrons crowd. 

“University police and Dayton police are great resources for us. We also work with the county who does the Arrive Safe program,” Pohlman said.

As he puts the finishing touches on his plan, police are warning students to obey all laws come St. Patrick’s Day. Just like police orders, they hope their warning is loud and clear. Chief Chatman said any student who does not comply with police orders faces being arrested on the spot or charges at a future date.

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