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Extra city police patrols for holiday week

By Eileen Buckley

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Buffalo, NY – As the city gears up for what is expected to be a busy Thanksgiving Day week and weekend, extra police will be out in full force. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports that enhanced foot patrols hit the streets Wednesday.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown noting that this Thanksgiving Day holiday will bring back home visitors and showcase a number of local events starting Wednesday night and into the weekend.

The City expects out-of-town visitors for the Bills-Pittsburgh game, plus there will be a Sabres home game and this Saturday's Buffalo hosts the World's Largest Disco at the Convention Center.

But the city wants to makes sure the streets are safe. Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda will be adding more police foot patrols.

One of the biggest bar night's of the year is Wednesday night. Commissioner Derenda noted that there will be plenty of patrols keeping on eye on night life in the Chippewa Entertainment and downtown Theatre District.

But Derenda admits there is a problem with teenagers co-mingling with adults. He suggests a city ordinance should be created to prevent teenagers from getting into downtown bars and clubs.

Chippewa Entertainment District president Jay Manneo said they will also make sure they have extra security guards starting Wednesday night to keep the bar scene safer.

Local tourism and business leaders are praising the extra patrols. Dottie Gallagher-Cohen is president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Last year visitors spent $1.2 billion in Erie County. Police are expected to be out in full-force in every district.

The City says it has overtime resources in place for the added police support to ensure the safety of citizens and visitors.