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    Chico Police Department prepared for returning college students

    Chico, Calif.-- Thursday is move-in day for thousands of Chico State students and law enforcement says they're already seeing an increase in calls.

    Sergeant Ben Love of the department said over the last two weeks, they've seen an increase in residents calling. 

    He said during the evening hours on weekends, many of them have been party calls.

    Now with more people in the area, it leads to more traffic collisions, and he said the department typically sees an increase in people driving under the influence.

    They said they are anticipating most of their calls near the south campus, an area that they're ready to respond to.

    "We want our students to know that while they're coming to Chico, we hope that they have a good time and learn a lot at school. We also want them to be safe,” Sgt. Love said. “That means that be responsible in their drinking, that when they're out and about, make sure they stay out with friends and don't be a lone target."

    Enrollment this fall is estimated at just over 17,000 students. Classes will start this coming Monday.

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