EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The rivalry between MSU and U of M is one for the books and with this weekend’s game and Halloween thrown in the mix, police are going to be out in full force.
“We know that this will probably be our busiest weekend of the year,” Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth of the East Lansing Police Department said.
Lt. Wriggelsworth says the Michigan State/U of M game brings in thousands and it’s a weekend law enforcement agencies prepare for months in advance.
“We’ll have extra patrols out both for tonight and Saturday night and then we’ll bring several people on overtime to work the MSU football game and traffic and part of that detail actually works pre-game and alcohol enforcement in the city,” Lt. Wriggelsworth stated.
Green and white versus maize and blue…the competition both on and off the field doesn’t go unnoticed and Wriggelsworth urges fans to be kind to one another.
“There tends to be some cause of people not getting along too well with this rivalry but we just ask people to be respectful of whatever school they’re choosing to root for,” said Lt. Wriggelsworth.
MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon released a letter to the community Thursday mentioning “This weekend is a time for celebration and fun. Let’s take care to keep it that way for everyone.”
“We’re ready for whatever/whoever throws at us,” Lt. Wriggelsworth stated.
Even MSU fans and alum voiced their appreciation for the police department’s commitment to keeping the peace… during this fun-filled weekend.
“They do a great job partnering with other local agencies,” said Michigan State University Alumni Jerry Garcia.
“Police…God bless them for what they do, I hope they don’t let things get out of hand,” MSU student Casey Copp.
Although it may be the calm before the storm, Lt. Wriggelsworth insists people stay alert and remember “if you see something, say something.”
“If you see somebody that’s in trouble that’s had too much to drink and can’t take care of themselves, please monitor them and if they do need medical assistance don’t be afraid to call 911,” stated Lt. Wriggelsworth.