Both the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Lawrence Police Department will have extra officers on the streets this weekend.
The sheriff’s office will conduct a saturation patrol and drunken driving check lane this evening, beginning at 7 p.m. and stretching into early Sunday, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
The location of the check lane hasn’t been announced, but the saturation patrol will be throughout the county.
Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley said his department would also have extra officers patrolling around Memorial Stadium and in the Oread neighborhood today in preparation for the Kansas University football game. McKinley said that in addition to 14 officers assigned to game-day duties, five to 10 extra officers will patrol during peak hours.
Police have conducted similar patrols the past two weekend during the home football games. Last weekend, the officers issued 16 alcohol and 14 parking citations, and also made two drunken driving arrests.
In an additional alcohol enforcement action Thursday evening into Friday morning, Lawrence police made two drunken driving arrests and issued 22 total citations, McKinley said.