Rochester police increase presence following high school football brawl

September 22, 2018 06:40 PM

Rochester school leaders, and police, are hoping some new rules will head off violence at school football games.

Police are taking a bigger role in security after brawls broke out at one game last weekend as fists flew during fights at the East and Wilson High School football game at Marina Stadium.

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Now Rochester police are increasing security for games after last weekend's huge fight, specifically at Marina Stadium.

The  same stadium where Rochester Prep/Bishop Kearney is playing University Prep.

"We want to make sure that we can play the game fully without stopping," said Varsity Football Coach at UPrep, Kayla Gause. "We have to have a strategy for keeping our kids safe."

School officials have been working with Rochester police to form that strategy.

Mark Simmons of the Rochester Police Department said, "We are a big part of their planning sessions making sure there are proper resources at the stadiums." 

Chief Simmons would add that school resource officers will be on hand for the games.

School officials are now encouraging pre-sale tickets, Chief Simmons says this gives the department an idea of how many people to expect so they know how many officers are needed.

“The car beat officers will also patrol those areas to make sure there are adequate resources so we can prevent what happened last weekend,” explained Chief Simmons.

News10NBC spoke to a few parents who say they noticed it took much longer to get into the game Saturday night.


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