WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - With Purdue's first home football game on Saturday, the West Lafayette Police and Fire Departments are preparing for the year's first Breakfast Club.
The Village in West Lafayette may look normal on Wednesday afternoon, but come Saturday mornings in the Fall, "Breakfast Club" starts up again. For West Lafayette Fire and Police Departments, football week starts even earlier than that.
"We usually start the week off early, looking at the occupancies in bars," said West Lafayette Fire Chief Tim Heath. "Making sure the bar owners and the staff inside the bar understand why they have the occupancy load level."
"On Thursday nights, we place foot patrols in the village," said West Lafayette Police Patrol Captain Gary Sparger. "We sort of build up to Saturday."
Sparger said they have triple the amount of officers working on Fridays and Saturdays of game week to help with crowd control and to keep people safe. He said the foot patrol officers in the village normally don't write tickets, but make sure people stay safe.
"We recognize people who have had way too much to drink," Sparger said. "We try to get those people home or away from the Village. We get them a safe ride home, something like that."
Heath said they help police with patrolling during Breakfast Club. But before they do that, they make sure the bars know their occupancy capacity and why that is important.
"If my guys need to get in on a medical run, it gives them access to get in and get to the patient," Heath said. "It gives medics the opportunity to get in and take care of a patient."
Both Heath and Sparger said the ultimate goal of game day in West Lafayette is for people to have fun and be safe. They say when the fans have fun, officers have fun too.
"Football season is a fun time for all of us," Sparger said. "The police like it too. We love football and we love the whole atmosphere related to football."
"It's a lot of fun," Heath said. "It's a fun atmosphere. There's nothing better than a college town on Saturdays in the Fall."
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