To: All Members of the Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and UVA Communities
Chief RaShall Brackney, Charlottesville Police
Ron Lantz, Albemarle County Police
Tommye Sutton, UVA Police
We are all looking forward to a great game on Saturday as the UVA men’s basketball team takes on Auburn University in the Final Four. This is a historic moment in UVA men’s basketball, made even more exciting by student athletes who have already thrilled fans beyond their wildest expectations. On Saturday, we will come together again – in our homes, in residence halls, at the Paramount, at watch venues on Grounds, and other locations throughout the community – to cheer our team on. As we do, it’s important that we celebrate responsibly as members of a larger community, with respect for each other, our neighbors, University Grounds, and surrounding property.
This event is certainly a moment to celebrate, but we must do so safely. Property damage, violence, or other crimes cannot be tolerated. Public safety personnel from various agencies will be out and about assisting to ensure the Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and UVA communities remain safe throughout these celebrations.
The three of us and our teams have developed a coordinated plan to maximize safety. This plan includes having additional police, fire, and medical resources on hand to deter incidents and respond to calls for service. Our regional emergency operations center will be activated to coordinate public safety efforts and resources. Our teams will also be monitoring technology, including video cameras, throughout the City and Grounds.
Although most of our community members will not choose to consume alcohol, we know that some will. As a reminder, it is critical that if you see someone intoxicated who needs help, you should call 911 for medical assistance. Never hesitate to call 911 because you or the other person is under age.
This is a wonderful moment when we all can share a common pride in our community. Our goal is to support safe celebrations, and we ask you to be responsible and not engage in any negative activities that would overshadow this bright moment for Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the University of Virginia.
Director of Communications
City of Charlottesville
Director, Communications & Public Engagement
Anthony P. de Bruyn
University of Virginia