AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - UMass is paying the town of Amherst to have more police officers and firefighters on duty during the weekend.
Last week, the Amherst Fire Department announced they'll have more ambulances available in the coming weeks. As the temperatures get warmer, Amherst Police and Fire Departments notice an increase in the number of students partying, especially on the weekend.
UMass released its most recent discipline report Tuesday. So far, this academic year, more than 500 students have gotten in trouble with the law. Many have been sanctioned by the University while others have been suspended.
The Dean of Students says this type of rowdy behavior will not be tolerated and starting this weekend the University will pay to staff added public safety personnel.
"It is something we are going to have to live with, but it's nice that the University is stepping up," said Susan Wall of Belchertown. "That street that my mother lives on, Lincoln, is especially bad. Because it's a cut through, there's parties, there's trash. It's not like we don't want students here, we just want them to be more responsible."
The University intends to focus its patrols on trouble areas like Fearing and Phillips Streets; as well as North Amherst.