Law enforcement stress safety as first priority on Bills game day

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About 250 officers some with the Erie County Sheriff’s office and other law enforcement agencies will be in and around the stadium on game day. They will be on the lookout for any unruly fan behavior.

“We spend a lot of time working with the Bills, with the sheriffs, with the state police, with the feds making sure that everyone is safe and secure,” said Mark Pacholec, Orchard Park Police Chief.

This Sunday tens of thousands of fans will pack New Era Field for the home opener, many of those fans will be tailgating before kick off.

“We’re not going to tolerate bad behavior cause people get hurt. We’ve had people set themselves on fire, we’ve had people get injured jumping off of tables,” said Pacholec.

“The Buffalo Bills parking lots are part of the stadium property. The Buffalo Bills rules regarding whats acceptable fan behavior apply in the parking lots,” said Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard.

Orchard Park Police respond to several incidents outside of the stadium before, during, and after the game.

“A lot of things that happen are a result of alcohol so we have fights, motor vehicle accidents, pedestrians struck by motor vehicles,” said Orchard Park Police Officer Brian Lukowski.

“We have traffic accidents when you have all these cars and this mass amount of people there’s always an increased number of instances,” said Orchard Park Police Officer Kristen Mazur.

If you plan on drinking police recommend using ride sharing. The Uber lot now has a new location on the west side of ECC.

Any fans who are caught participating in any kind of unruly behavior could be arrested or could have their tickets taken away.

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