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Police Prepare For Fairfield University's 'Clam Jam' Event

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Local police are preparing for the annual Fairfield University Clam Jam, which is set for Saturday at Lantern Point.

Capt. Josh Zaban of the Fairfield Police is heading the security efforts. The event will have a private security force to keep the peace at the party, but extra police will be on hand to handle the situation off site, he said.

"The goal of the Fairfield police is to maintain order, enforce violations of the law and to minimize any impact that this event might have on the neighborhood," Zaban said.

To do this, police are setting up parking bans in the beach area and two DUI checkpoints: at Reef Road and Veterans Park and at Fairfield Beach Road and Roland Road.

The parking bans will be posted Friday. Cars parked in those areas from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday will be towed.

Zaban said police are taking a zero tolerance stand for gathering anyone in the area and attending the event.

In addition to the police and security measures, representatives from the university will "make personal observation of students behavior", Zaban said.

"In an effort to minimize the number of students coming to the Clam Jam event, Fairfield University has several on campus events planned," he said.

Fairfield University staff say that among the other events on campus will be a tailgate party, including music, food and drinks, a clambake, the Ohio state vs. Fairfield University lacrosse game, an evening movie and bingo.

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