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UNI Homecoming Security

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Homecoming on "The Hill" is a tradition, but some people are moving the party downtown.  Police are patrolling both areas and they say they'll move as the party moves.

As the game wrapped up at the UNI-Dome, the party is just starting for many fans.  UNI graduate Alex Allers says, "It was a lot wilder here when the actual street was here. Remember a couple of homecomings up here and it was a lot more action that it is now."

The construction on "The Hill" changes things a bit this year. "People are going to Main Street--a lot of house parties going on," says Allers.

Which means police are patrolling a little bit differently.  Cedar Falls police captain Mike Hayes says, "We've cut down a little bit on officers.  We only have 16 officers patrolling in the College Hill area."

Police have created walk ways from one side of College Street to the other--helping access for both bar-goers and police. But police are ready to go where the revelers go. "If the downtown area is more crowded than the College Hill area we have the capabilities of moving those officers to the downtown area," says Hayes.

After a homecoming victory, fans say it doesn't matter where they go as long as they celebrate.  Police say they aren't out to "bust" anyone. They want students to have a good time and be safe.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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