Ohio University readies for annual Halloween street party

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio University officials are gearing up for the college’s annual Halloween street party, a raucous event typically resulting in the arrest of dozens of booze-fueled students by various law enforcement agencies.

Emergency Programs Manager Jill Harris tells The Columbus Dispatch the southeast Ohio school budgets $100,000 every year for the party.

The city of Athens puts up an additional $50,000 to $65,000 to pay for extra police patrols – which includes 50 special-duty officers and about 10 to 15 officers on horseback.

Harris says the school pays overtime to its own officers, traffic officials and custodial workers. Faculty and staff members assist by keeping watch over every university building, including residence halls.

Athens police arrested 40 people last year, including one for felony drug trafficking. University police apprehended 24.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch

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