MPD plans extra patrols for UW football night game

Police targeting illegal house parties
MPD plans extra patrols for UW football night game

Madison police say they will have teams of officers patrolling neighborhoods near Camp Randall Stadium and the University of Wisconsin campus looking to break up illegal house parties on Saturday during the UW football team’s first night game of the year.

Lt. Dave McCaw said teams will patrol Regent Street, Breese Terrace, Lathrop Street and Langdon Street in hopes of stemming violent and alcohol-related incidents among students and the public.

“With the recent issues we saw with the UW football player and then just last weekend, people have the best of intentions when they start to throw a house party but when they start to spiral out of control then it becomes the problem,” said McCaw. “Then we see the violence and the sexual assaults.”

At about 3 a.m. Sunday police said a woman was violently sexually assaulted on West Washington Avenue. That follows UW football player Montee Ball being beaten on University Avenue following an alleged incident at a house party involving football players.

McCaw said police will be looking for large groups of people at houses and listening for noises that get unreasonable, especially in residential neighborhoods.

“We’re not only worried about the violence and sexual assaults that take place, but the damage to property, the thefts that happen at house parties,” said McCaw. “You let people into your house and they’re taking laptops and cameras and phones.”

Police said occupants of the homes hosting any house parties could face steep fines, and any underage students at the parties could face underage drinking tickets.