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Law enforcement patrolling tailgates, not to be fun police, rather to ensure good times

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Before the Texas Tech Game on Saturday fans took advantage of the fall-like weather to do a little tailgating. The booze flowed and the smell of barbecue fill the air outside of the Jones.

Raiderland was finally open for tailgating season.

"It's friends, it's football, great weather, and great food," one fan said.

It was not just fans walking the grounds outside of the stadium. Sheriffs, Lubbock Police, Troopers, and Tech Police all were patrolling to ensure everyone was have a safe, enjoyable time.

"Officers are stationed at every gate around the stadium, periodically throughout the stands, they'll also be out in parking lots looking for tailgating issues and we have traffic units that are out in the street doing traffic direction and control," said Capt. David Parker with Tech PD.

Those who were caught being belligerent or significantly under the influence, Capt. Parker said were transported to a mobile processing center before being transported to the Lubbock County Detention Center.

"We have computer work stations that are set up to help process paper work for arestees that are brought in during the game," he said. "The second bus across the street is just a temporary holding center. We have folks there until the Lubbock County Sheriffs Office paddy wagon can take the people down five to six at a time to the county jail."

Parker said law enforcement is not there to be the fun police though. There their to make sure everyone can enjoy everything tailgating at Texas Tech has to offer. 

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