ASU Police Department to increase patrol during concert, parade

The Albany State University Police Department is working to increase patrol during homecoming festivities. / Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

In less than twenty four hours, Rick Ross will be in town for the Albany State University Homecoming Concert.

After tragedies like the Las Vegas shooting and the Ariana Grande concert bombing, the Albany State University Police Department isn’t taking any chances with patrol.

More than 3,000 students are expected to be there, and the department will have more than 20 officers on site.

There will be cameras everywhere, and people will be monitoring every move.

Even though a bill passed earlier this year for license gun holders to carry firearms on campus, they need to think twice before going to the concert.

“We are looking for weapons,” ASU Police Chief John Fields said. “We want to remind people that you can’t bring weapons inside the gym. We want to make sure that everybody knows that we’ll be checking. We’ll be checking for knives and other weapons like that also.”

Rick Ross is set to take the stage at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

More than 20,000 people are expected to be in Albany for the homecoming festivities this weekend.

ASUPD is working to keep everyone safe there too. The parade is one of the main events, and patrol will be increased during that time.

"Our thing is we come to work not to enjoy homecoming,” Fields said. “We want everyone else to enjoy homecoming, so we have extra security to make sure if they have any questions or anything and make sure there is not confusion."

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