Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Ring in the New Year Safely

With New Year's Eve rapidly approaching, local law enforcement agencies are stepping up security to ensure everyone rings in the new year safely.

Webster Parish Chief Deputy Bobby Igo said reserve deputies will be out in force, along with regular deputies.

"They will be checking buildings while patrol watches for speeders," Igo said. "We will have a special eye out for DWIs (driving while intoxiated."

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said he is asking for volunteer officers in hopes of doubling his patrols that night.

"We normally have six officers on the street at night, however, that shift is short one right now," Cropper said. "My goal is to have at least 10 officers on the street New Year's Eve."

And while all law enforcement officers are touting the normal "don't drink and drive" and "practice fireworks safety," Cropper said there is one more celebration that citizens need to avoid.

"People think it's fun to shoot firearms to bring in the New Year," he said. "But what they have to remember is, 'what goes up, must come down,' and shooting firearms into the air is one way people are critically injured or even killed."






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