EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- With hundreds of students, alumni and visitors filling the streets of Eau Claire today, police say it takes some teamwork to keep the city safe.
“The density of students and clients down at the bar district definitely picks up this time of year,” said Public Information Officer with Eau Claire Police Department Kyle Roder.
With many extra officers on staff for the weekend, both the City of Eau Claire and UW Eau Claire Campus police say they are ready for anything thrown their way.
“We really have ‘zero tolerance' policy when it comes to underage drinking; when it comes to open containers outside the bars or on the streets,” said explained Roder.
City police party squads will concentrate on student housing areas.
“We'll also have officers on foot patrol down on the Water Street beat, just to make sure that the bar district is well behaved,” said Roder.
But police aren't the only ones making special arrangements this Homecoming.
Things were cooking up at Shenanigans Bar Saturday, bright and early.
“We opened up at 7am; we go all day-all through the entire night,” said Shenanigans Bar on Water Street, Paul Bradfish.
Bradfish says from homecoming to homecoming- the safety of guest and staff is always a priority.
“Every year we add on extra staff, just to help out with the amount of people. We have a strict dress code, and the biggest thing is to keep it fun and safe,” explained Bradfish.
And Bradfish says the bar does not tolerate underage drinkers.
“Everyone that comes into the door, whether they've been in and out five times or not, everyone is getting carded; making sure they have their id's, making sure no id's are getting passed down in the streets,” said Bradfish.
Bradfish says police presents on the streets really help deter underage drinkers and rowdy visitors.
Police say it is the team work that helps insure safe and happy homecoming every year.