UD unveils plan to avoid St. Patrick's Day riot

UD to boost cop patrols, visitor restrictions for St. Patty’s Day

Last year, more than 1,000 people were involved in a “disruptive, disorderly and destructive” event that “came out of nowhere,” said Bruce Burt, director of public safety and police chief at the university.

The event in UD’s student housing area known as the UD ghetto, left broken beer bottles and 11 damaged cars including a police cruiser on Kiefaber Street. Police from multiple jurisdictions responded to the event. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are not university-sanctioned, Burt added.

Since last year, officials have been discussing plans to address this year’s celebration, including meeting with a Philadelphia-based consultant who offered suggestions for improving university response.

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