RAGBRAI rolled through southeast Iowa last week and from a police perspective the road was pretty smooth.
Fairfield Police Chief Julie Harvey reported on Tuesday that her department made only four arrests during the ride's stop in the city. Those four arrests were for Public Intoxication.
That's a remarkably small number considering 20,000 people invaded the city on Friday with the intent to drink and have a good time.
Harvey did report her officers did request that another 30 riders call it a night and retire to their tents, in lieu of being arrested.
Harvey said the low number of arrests was due to the outstanding job local liquor license holders did controlling their crowds, not serving intoxicated people and handling problems within their establishments prior to the problem escalating.
Full RAGBRAI Press Release
July 30, 2013
Ragbrai Law Enforcement Overview
Overall, things for Law Enforcement went very well. This was due to a lot of assistance from Washington County Sheriff's Office, Washington PD, Oskaloosa PD, Henry County Sheriff's Office, Henry County Reserves, Keota PD, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Sheriff's Reserves, Jefferson County Correctional Facility, Wapello County Reserves, Dept. of Corrections - High Risk Unit, Dept. of Transportation - Traffic Enforcement, the Fairfield Police Department Reserves, and the Fairfield Police Communications Center.
The most challenging thing was keeping up with traffic control early in the day. The areas around the designated campgrounds were especially hit hard. In several of these areas local citizens jumped in to facilitate traffic flow which was greatly appreciated. In addition, the Fairfield city department heads from the Street, Fire, and Water Departments supplied extra personnel in key areas to assist with traffic control. Midwest Ambulance, the Jefferson County Health Center, Jefferson County Public Health, and other emergency medical services supplied extra personnel for the increase in medical responses. All public safety agencies cooperated in establishing the Incident Command System to handle the event.
There were only four arrests during Ragbrai and they were all for Public Intoxicaton. The Fairfield Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol's Alcohol Enforcement Team each had two. The low number of arrests was due to the outstanding job local liquor license holders did controlling their crowds, not serving intoxicated people, and handling problems within their establishments prior to the problem escalating. Law Enforcement personnel were divided into teams and had a heavy presence in the downtown area. Officers asked another 30 riders to call it a night in lieu of being arrested.
Respectfully submitted by -
Chief Julie Harvey
Fairfield Police Department