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Cedar Falls Police step up enforcement for UNI Homecoming

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Curtis Meier and his buddies are among thousands of University of Northern Iowa alumni and students celebrating all things purple and gold.

"We're back to see UNI get a big W this weekend!" said Meier.

They're also seeing a lot of blue.

"There's a lot of cops!" Meier noted.

Almost all available officers were on duty for UNI Homecoming weekend, and their homebase was at the top of the Hill.

"We'll be patrolling the areas where college students frequent. It'd be the Parkade area and the College Hill area," explained Cedar Falls Police Captain Mike Hayes.

It may seem like a lot of police in a small area. But looking back to 1996, you'll realize why they'd rather be over-prepared, then risk another riot.

"In the 90s we did have problems during our homecoming, and we scaled up extra officers. We've since cut down a little," said Hayes.

Saturday night, they're blocking off College Street and keeping their eyes out for potential trouble.

"Open containers, public intoxication, disorderly conduct where they're fighting We want to keep everything safe for the students and the people that are visiting Cedar Falls for the Homecoming festivities," Hayes said.

Their goal is not to ruin the fun -- in fact, it's the exact opposite. They said, have a few beers, enjoy your friends. The police are there to make sure a fun time doesn't turn into a dangerous one.

"Just have a safe weekend, and enjoy yourself," Hayes added.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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