Dozens of police officers zeroed in on one block of north Columbus Saturday night, specifically Chittenden Avenue, near the Ohio State campus.
Police say they've known of a large party in the works, and they're being proactive to stop the injuries, crime and debauchery before it starts.
On Facebook, the party is described as "an autumn semester twist to the street party known as chittshow," with nearly 2,000 people saying they would show up.
However, police say the students don't have a permit to shut down the street, which is why they were there to enforce the law.
“Tonight is ratCHITT, a little party we do on Chittenden Avenue,” said OSU senior Pete Doyle.
Doyle may call it a "little party," but Columbus police believe otherwise.
“If we stay out here on them the entire time, we're going to try to keep them moving. Does that negate the idea that we're going to have to use something. No. We'll have to use it if we have to,” said Columbus Police Commander Chris Bowling.
Bowling said dozens of Columbus Police and Ohio State Police officers were in the area in force.
They were patrolling on foot, horse, bicycle, car, and even by air.
They said the safety of the students is their No. 1 priority and that it starts by keeping them off the sidewalks and out of the streets.
“There seems to be a mentality that once the street is taken, they own the street now. And that's incorrect. We'll take the street back and it won't be pleasant,” said Commander Bowling.
Students, like OSU junior Katie Deran, don’t see there being a problem, like in years past.
“I think it'll be a little crazy, but I think it'll be under control. The students are calm,” said Deran. “We haven't got maced yet, so it's good to go.”
Police said they were present to try to prevent anything from getting worse.
“Parents, be aware of what your kids are doing out here. Kids out here, party responsibly. Stay up on your property. If you're not allowed to drink, if you're underage, don't drink. People who are holding your parties, control your parties or we will,” said Bowling.
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