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UMass retains former Boston police commissioner to review Blarney Blowout response

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First responders in Amherst were busy Saturday, dealing with thousands of college students taking part in this year's Blarney Blowout. They made more than 70 arrests. First responders in Amherst were busy Saturday, dealing with thousands of college students taking part in this year's Blarney Blowout. They made more than 70 arrests.
AMHERST, MA (WSHM) -

UMass Amherst called in some big help to review the town's handling of the Blarney Blowout.

Former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis will review how UMass and the town handles large crowd related disturbances like the blowout, according to a news release from Ed Blaguszewski at the University of Massachusetts.

Davis will look into campus and community preparation leading up to the event. He will also look into first responder conduct, university officials and town leaders.

The purpose of the review is to develop strategies and tactics to avoid the type of situation that occurred last weekend.

"Commissioner Davis is an outstanding choice for this assignment," said UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. "He is regarded as one of the country's top law enforcement experts and he will draw upon his longtime success in community policing to help us prevent a recurrence of last week's disturbing events. This initiative has the support of our community partners in Amherst town government, a cooperative approach vital to solving this difficult problem."

First responders in Amherst were busy Saturday, dealing with thousands of college students taking part in this year's Blarney Blowout. They made more than 70 arrests.

Local bars started the event to allow college students to celebrate St. Patrick's Day early, as they will be away from campus during the actual holiday.

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