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Published August 26, 2011, 10:10 PM

UND, GF Police Step Up Enforcement

More police officers and patrol cars are on the streets of Grand Forks this weekend. They've increased efforts to crack down on DUI's and underage drinking.

More police officers and patrol cars are on the streets of Grand Forks this weekend. They've increased efforts to crack down on DUI's and underage drinking.

Officers are out thanks to the national campaign, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The upcoming holiday weekend and students coming back to school means more officers are out patrolling the streets.

"Might be a loud party situation, could be you know in a bar situation if there's people that are underage in bars, things like that. So there's various things that they're looking for," Lt. Jim Remer with the Grand Forks Police Department said.

The UND Police Department also has more officers out on campus.

"Tonight we'll have a DUI saturation officer and two extra officers doing underage alcohol enforcement. So tonight we'll actually have double the officers on most of the weekend, and we'll do that for the first three, four weekends of the school year," Lt. Dan Lund with the UND Police Department said.

UND police will be in marked patrol cars and on bikes tonight.

And on occasion, officers dress in street clothes to help with enforcement.

"The first few weekends are always busier, people are coming back, seeing their friends, you know having a good time. And the numbers do go up at the beginning of the school year, and they do drop back down once school gets going," Lt. Lund said.

Extra enforcement from the Grand Forks Police Department produced 35 citations last weekend. UND Police have also handed out more tickets.

"We wrote about 28 minors, a couple disorderly conducts, couple eluding police or fleeing from police officers," Lt. Lund said.

Police want all citizens to be aware of other drivers and to take responsibility for their own actions during this busy back-to-school time.

"Just take the proper steps that if they're underage they shouldn't be drinking alcohol, if they are out drinking and of legal age just make sure they have a designated driver," Lt. Remer said.

Both UND Police and the Grand Forks Police respond to calls for loud parties. Grand Forks police can do bar walk-thrus to make sure everyone is of age.

Grand Forks police efforts will run through Labor Day.

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