When the Dayton Flyers made their surprising run through the NCAA Tournament to the Elite 8, the celebration, which included the school’s president crowd surfing, was epic to say the least. Months have passed by, and sadly someone is trying to rain on the parade. Local authorities have estimated that due to the extra police presence required at the multiple celebrations tudents organized through the local streets, the cost to taxpayers is around $57K.
Police were dispatched from UD, Dayton, Five Rivers MetroParks, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Patrol, Brookville, Huber Heights, Kettering, Miami Twp., Riverside, Oakwood, Sinclair Community College and Vandalia. Between the three days of celebrations, a total of 350 officers patrolled the campus.
The financial cost was also great. Dayton police incurred $35,476.96 in overtime, while UD Police paid out $15,663.47 for extra staffing. Kettering police shelled out the next highest amount for overtime, $3,767.05 over the three days they sent additional officers to the campus. For the one day Miami Twp. police responded, they paid $1,100 in overtime. The 13 jurisdictions that assisted accrued a combined $57,107.69 in overtime costs. The university will not reimburse the departments.
This was completely worth it!