On any given home game, there can be over 125 thousand people on campus. The safety and security falls into the tough hands of the LSU Police Department (LSUPD). Planning for game day protocol occurs around the same time spring practice begins.
In conjunction with Baton Rouge City Police, East Baton Rouge Sheriff Department, State Police, Louisiana Department of Public Safety, and the Constable’s Office, game day security is a guaranteed by the collaboration of many entities. The administration of the LSU Police Department along with other law enforcement agencies meet with game day operations to coordinate everything from crowd control, traffic, stadium security and all of the game day logistics.
On those glorious Saturday mornings, most of the officers’ shifts start at 7 a.m. Officers on game day are given certain assignments. Whether it is escorting high profile guests, patrolling the grounds by mountain bike or working the barricades by the student entrance, you can find a police officer on any part of campus. Some of the most common calls on game day are noise complaints, arguments, and theft. In most cases, alcohol is involved.
The hard work of keeping the campus safe does come with its perks. Mark Nehlig has been with the LSUPD for three years. A few years ago for the Alabama game, he was assigned to security for Kirk Herbstreit. After filming of College GameDay, Herbstreit decided he wanted a taste of LSU tailgating firsthand. Armed in a disguise of a hat and sunglasses, Nehlig escorted him through professional tailgates on campus. Although some tailgaters recognized the famous ESPN reporter, most were deceived by is unassuming attire and curiosity.
At the end of a sweaty game day, the officers’ goal is make sure that everyone on campus has a safe game day experience. Some tips Nehlig offered are to make sure you are aware of your surroundings, report and suspicious activity, and take care of your fellow tailgaters in need.
For a list of emergency telephone numbers and how to contact LSUPD visit http://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/lsupd/?page_id=64
You can also download the free “LSU Shield” app on your iPhone or Android for instant emergency communication with LSUPD.