Following unruly pre-St. Patrick’s Day bash, UMass names former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis to examine police response

Police detain participants in the pre-St. Patrick's Day "Blarney Blowout" near the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Amherst police said early Sunday that 73 people had been arrested after authorities spent most of the day Saturday attempting to disperse several large gathering around the UMass campus for the party traditionally held the Saturday before spring break. The partying carried through Saturday evening into early Sunday, and Amherst Police Capt. Jennifer Gundersen said in a statement that police were busy with numerous reports of fights, noise and highly intoxicated individuals.(AP Photo/The Republican, Robert Rizzuto) MANDATORY CREDIT
Police detain participants in the pre-St. Patrick's Day "Blarney Blowout" on Saturday.
Robert Rizzuto/The Republican/AP

Following an unruly pre-St. Patrick’s Day party, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has named former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis to examine how the university and the town have handled the unruly Blarney Blowout and similar disturbances.

“Commissioner Davis is an outstanding choice for this assignment,” Kumble Subbaswamy, the university chancellor, said in a statement. “He is regarded as one of the country’s top law enforcement experts and he will draw upon his longtime success in community policing to help us prevent a recurrence of last week’s disturbing events. This initiative has the support of our community partners in Amherst town government, a cooperative approach vital to solving this difficult problem.”

The university said in a statement that Davis’s review would look at how the university and town prepared for the event, as well as how first responders and university and town officials reacted during and after the disturbance.

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The goal will be to prevent the recurrence of similar disturbances.

“We will look at everything to recommend best practices that can be adopted to ensure public safety in way that does not result in civil unrest. I am confident that both the town and the university community will benefit from this review,” Davis said in the statement.