ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Orchard Park Police could soon be patrolling the private lots surrounding Ralph Wilson Stadium if the town board approves it.
The lots are owned by private businesses and homeowners who would have to waive their constitutional rights against search and seizure.
Law enforcement have patrolled the stadium lots and directed traffic for years.
The Town of Orchard Park Police Chief tells News 4 they use to make up to 50 arrests a game, but in the past four years it has declined to about six or seven arrests a game. They want to continue to keep that number low by keeping everyone safe and improving bad fan behavior.
Wednesday night the proposal was addressed at the town board meeting and a representative with the Bills said they’re supporting the proposal and they hope it will give parking lot owners a sense of security.
“We think it will help improve fan behavior, I think it will be a much safer environment for fans. Things have gotten so much better especially in our Bills controlled parking lots ,but unfortunately you see some of the viral videos go on and it’s disheartening as a resident of Orchard Park as a resident of Buffalo, it’s embarrassing and we know we can do something about it to help,” said Andy Major, Bills Vice President of Operations.
“We get dozens of calls during the game, post game and Monday and Tuesday after, my car was broken in, they ask why aren’t you after these people, well I can’t go on your property unless you let me on your property,” said Chief Mark Pacholec, Town of Orchard Park Police Department.
The town board did not vote on the proposal Wednesday night. Officials said the Bills, police and the town board are still working out the details of the proposal.
Police hope a vote will happen before the season starts.