Police chiefs ask for safe, responsible celebrations after NCAA Championship

Published: Apr. 8, 2019 at 3:07 PM EDT
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The chiefs of all three police departments around Charlottesville are once against asking celebrants to be respectful and safe during and after Monday night's NCAA Championship game.

Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney, Albemarle County Police Chief Ron Lantz and University of Virginia Police Chief Tommye Sutton sent a message out to the community regarding the Monday night game.

"We are all looking forward to a great game on Monday as the UVA men's Basketball team takes on Texas Tech in the National Championship game," wrote the chiefs. "This is a historic moment in UVA men's basketball, made even more exciting by student-athletes who have already thrilled fans beyond their wildest expectations. As we once again prepare for celebration that may unfold after the conclusion of the game, we are reminding the public to celebrate safely and responsibly."

The three police departments have a coordinated plan in place that includes having additional officers, as well as fire and medical resources on hand to respond to calls.

The regional emergency operations center will also be activated to coordinate public safety efforts and personnel.

Officials will be monitoring technology around the city and UVA grounds to watch for property damage, violence and other crimes.

The message also reminds people that climbing on city-owned or personal vehicles, infrastructure or buildings is prohibited, including walking on, climbing or jumping from railroad bridges and tracks.

The use of drones is also prohibited within city limits, especially in the area of the UVA Health System where such devices can impact the flight path of Pegasus medevac transports.

The Charlottesville Fire Department also reminds people that any open fires, flares or fireworks are forbidden within city limits.

People who are holding celebrations in buildings with balconies need to consider access to that space as well as potential overcrowding issues.

The police chiefs also remind people to call 911 if there is an emergency.

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