Gator Football Players Invited to Ride With Police

A school group and local police team up to show football players the other side of law enforcement.

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After a reported 21 arrests over the past four years, the University of Florida's football team has been invited to get a new perspective on the cops through volunteer ride-alongs. The school's University Athletic Association and the Gainesville (Fla.) Police Department have teamed up to show Gators football players what the other side of law enforcement is like, UF's Independent Florida Alligator reports.

Players are invited to ride alongside officers on the night shift (5 p.m. to 4 a.m.), Gainesville Police Department spokesman Mike Schiubola told the newspaper. Schiubola added that athletes don't necessarily get arrested at a higher rate than regular students but said that they receive more attention when they do get in trouble, especially during the summer.

"Bottom line: There are probably too many" incidents involving football players, Schiubola said.

The most recent incident involving a UF football player came weeks ago when cornerback Janoris Jenkins, a freshman All-American last season, was tased and charged with resisting arrest without violence.