Po­lice gear up for busy week­end with Mac rev­ellers, fes­ti­val-go­ers

The Hamilton Spectator - - Local -

Hamil­ton po­lice are brac­ing for a busy week­end, with their pres­ence ex­pected at events span­ning West­dale to Bin­brook.

With McMaster Home­com­ing, Supercrawl, the Bin­brook Fair and a Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats game among the cel­e­bra­tions, Deputy Chief Dan Kin­sella said po­lice will be out in full force.

“We’ve had a lot of busy week­ends in the past,” he said. “I can’t re­call one where it’s been quite this many events in one week­end but ... we’re pre­pared for that.”

Kin­sella pointed to “on­go­ing is­sues” in Hess Vil­lage and a West­dale prowler sneak­ing into un­locked homes, tres­pass­ing in back­yards and peer­ing in win­dows, as other pri­or­i­ties for the week­end.

The bulk of this week­end’s events will be at­tended by paid-duty of­fi­cers as well as those from the com­mu­nity mo­bi­liza­tion di­vi­sion, which in­cludes AC­TION and mounted pa­trol, he noted.

Be­cause of home­com­ing, po­lice will be “highly vis­i­ble” in the west end, start­ing Satur­day morn­ing, he said. Of­fi­cers will be out in the streets, talk­ing to peo­ple and knock­ing on doors, he added.

“We want everybody to have a good time and en­joy them­selves ... but we want them to cel­e­brate with cour­tesy, ap­pro­pri­ately, in line with the law,” said Kin­sella, point­ing to po­ten­tial is­sues around drink­ing or uri­nat­ing in pub­lic and noise com­plaints.

He’s ask­ing for help from the com­mu­nity when it comes to re­port­ing what’s hap­pen­ing in their neigh­bour­hoods if po­lice aren’t there.

That goes for home­com­ing cel­e­bra­tions, if crowds are form­ing on local streets and lawns, but also for the West­dale prowler and Supercrawl, which has grown in ge­o­graphic foot­print and at­ten­dance over the years.

“We can’t be ev­ery­where,” Kin­sella said. “We need peo­ple to call us if they see some­thing that’s go­ing on be­cause that’s the way we work to­gether to try to en­sure com­mu­nity safety. ”

HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR FILE PHOTO

A mas­sive party on Dale­wood Av­enue South to cel­e­brate McMaster home­com­ing week­end last year saw hun­dreds of stu­dents clog­ging the street.

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