Columbia police increasing presence in downtown area
As college students return to the downtown area, the Columbia Police Department is increasing their presence on the downtown streets.
Friday night, Broadway Street was extra busy with law enforcement patrolling the area. In a news release, police said the increase in officers downtown is to create a safer atmosphere for the community. They said the extra law enforcement is not directly related to the recent reports of shots fired in the downtown area.
"The safety of the entire community is the most important priority to myself and the entire department. With the return of many college students, we want to ensure that everyone who visits our downtown can enjoy their visit to local restaurants, bars, and businesses," Columbia Police Chief, Ken Burton, said.
Columbia Police PIO, Steve Sapp, said the police department plans to have an increased police presence in the downtown area multiple times a year. Sapp said police are also enforcing parking ordinances on private property, ensuring open sidewalks, and adding additional lighting to certain areas.