"GREENSBORO, NC (December 29, 2015) – More than 30 additional police officers will be in the downtown area and throughout the city Thursday night to encourage revelers to welcome in the New Year safely.
“Greensboro – especially our downtown area - is a great place to celebrate the start of 2016, and we are expecting large crowds” said Deputy Chief James Hinson. “We want to make sure that people have an enjoyable evening, and that everyone celebrates responsibly.”
Uniformed officers on Segways, bikes, foot, and in marked and unmarked vehicles will be patrolling the central business district to maintain the peace, and assist people when needed. Other officers will be assigned throughout the city where celebrations are known to occur.
The officers report for duty at 9 pm and will work approximately seven hours. The plus up is a result of adjusting shift hours for most officers, and overtime for approximately five officers.
“Safety is our number one priority,” stressed Hinson. “We are there to prevent people from getting into harm’s way. We will be paying special attention to areas where large crowds are likely to gather, and to people who may be unfit to operate a motor vehicle.”
Police are encouraging people throughout the city to celebrate responsibly by having a plan to get home safely before heading out to party and certainly before consuming alcohol. “And, take care of each other,” advised Hinson. “If your buddy has had too much to drink, don’t let him drive. If you see tempers start to flare, walk away and take your friends with you. Everyone plays a role in keeping our city safe.” "