Local residents who visit Lawrence on Saturday may run into members of the Leavenworth Police Department.

Local residents who visit Lawrence on Saturday may run into members of the Leavenworth Police Department.

The Police Department will be sending six officers to assist law enforcement officers in Lawrence as the University of Kansas men’s basketball team plays in the Final Four.

The game will take place in San Antonio, but Lawrence is the home to KU.

“We’re supplying some additional manpower, mutual aid for crowd control,” said Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.

Crowds are expected Saturday in downtown Lawrence.

A section of Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence will be closed Saturday, according to a news release posted on the city of Lawrence website.

Parts of a community building in Lawrence will be closed today and Saturday to serve as a police staging area for Final Four preparations, according to the city of Lawrence website.

Even though members of the Leavenworth Police Department typically work only in Leavenworth, they have state certification as law enforcement officers, Nicodemus said.

He said the Leavenworth Police Department has provided manpower assistance on other occasions when KU has played in the Final Four.

He said the Leavenworth Police Department also has received assistance from outside law enforcement agencies during protests in Leavenworth.

Even though the Leavenworth Police Department will be sending six officers to Lawrence, the department will maintain its normal level of officers on duty for the city of Leavenworth.

“It does not affect our manpower here,” Nicodemus said.

KU will be playing Villanova University. The game is scheduled 7:49 p.m. It will air on TBS.

The winner will advance to the national championship game, which will be played Monday.

If KU advances to the national championship game, the Leavenworth Police Department will again send officers to provide assistance in Lawrence on Monday.

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