The Fredonia Police Department is warning that it plans to post on Facebook all the arrests its officers make in the village over the coming weekend.
A press release issued Wednesday by Fredonia Police Chief Bradley C. Meyers did not specifically allude to why the department was taking such measures, beyond stating its "anticipation of the possibility of illegal activities" this weekend in the village.
However, the last weekend of April has, historically, been observed as Fred Fest. That's an end-of-the-school-year festivity celebrated by many students attending SUNY Fredonia.
At least, it was before 2015, when SUNY Fredonia officials officially banned all Fred Fest activities on the campus of 4,000 students.
In the absence of Fred Fest events on campus, it has been anticipated that more students will likely head into other village neighborhoods to partake in festivities that largely revolve around drinking – which can sometimes lead to arrests.
"The Fredonia Police Department wants to make the community aware that officers are now wearing body cameras to assist in documenting the events as they are occurring and we will be posting all arrests on our Facebook page for public viewing," Meyers stated in the release.
He added that Fredonia Village Court judges on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are planning to hold court hearings "throughout the evening and into night so that all subjects arrested can be arraigned and subsequently held for bail."
Those who are arrested but cannot post bail will be transported to the Chautauqua County Jail in Mayville, Meyers said in the statement.
In his warning to potential revelers, Meyers added: "If you are intending to attend a social event in the Village of Fredonia this weekend, we encourage you to obey the law. It would be unfortunate for future employers to see your arrest on social media."