By: Ashton Frager
This Saturday was the 82nd annual Carolina Cup and even though it is a horse race the main attraction at Cup is the tailgating.
There were an estimated 15,000 students at this year's cup and it seems very few of them were there to watch the races.
The Camden Police Department had help from additional agencies to patrol the college park area where students congregated.
There were approximately 150 police officers from Columbia, Irmo, Cayce, and even USC PD on hand to assist with Cup.
Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd, says his men are not out there just to hand out tickets to students.
"We're involved in the enforcement part of things but that's only part of what we're doing, we're to create a safe environment," said Chief Floyd.
Floyd says the key to creating a safe environment is watching out for students who might have put their health in danger.
"If we find kids that are passed out we don't have the focus of locking them up, our focus is making sure they get medical attention and they're going to be ok," said Chief Floyd.
Arrests are still part of what the police do at cup in order to keep a safe environment. By end of Carolina Cup on Saturday, 283 people had been ticketed.