APD Mobile Command Center on Phillips Street around midnight Saturday
There wasn't one! How cool is that?
Yes, the Extravaganja festival that attracted a massive crowd of "college aged youth" to the heart of our most public Amherst Town Common for the entire day and a sold out techno concert at the Mullins Center that started packing them in around the same time Extravaganja shut down probably had a lot do do with it.
But the main factor was more than likely a very heavy police presence throughout the town with particular attention paid to the usual suspects. For instance on Saturday APD simply stationed a black and white patrol car at the entrance to Hobart Lane and another at the intersection of Phillips and Alan Streets.
In addition to nearly a half dozen patrol cars they also mobilized the Personal Transport Vehicle (not to be confused with Paddy Wagon) and a Portable Command Center. UMass police were also out in force as they were last week helping to patrol town territory.
But the other new impressive presence was provided by Massachusetts State Police. Lots of them. While I heard a Hadley police officer report back to dispatch "a dozen MSP units" converge on a party house in Hadley, I only spotted a half dozen around Amherst over the course of Saturday night early Sunday morning.
But kind of like the Texas Ranger motto "one riot one ranger," a few state troopers go a l-o-n-g way.
Mullins Center Rusko concert lets out just after midnight Saturday