Columbus Police: Downtown patrols are heightened during summer m - WRBL

Columbus Police: Downtown patrols are heightened during summer months

Posted: Updated:
COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Spring is officially here and summer is just around the corner. More and more people are spending time outdoors, and that means more traffic in Uptown Columbus and along the Riverwalk; but is it safe?

Statistics show crime typically increases during the summer months and Major Julius Graham with the Columbus Police Department said the Fountain City is no exception.

"It's just a yearly event, and of course we do patrol 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, however, certain times and during certain events we do increase security," said Major Graham.

But he was quick to add that his department is prepared to make sure citizens feel secure while enjoying Uptown Columbus and the Riverwalk.

"By large the Riverwalk is safe and we do encourage our citizens to use it and our officers are directed to patrol and of course be aware of any incidents and be aware of anything that might pose a threat to the users of the riverwalk," said Major Graham.

The CPD also encourages everyone, no matter where they are to be safety conscious and be aware of their surroundings.

"We encourage them to use it during daylight hours and time when police presences is more prominent," added Major Graham.

He also said that if anyone sees anything they feel is out of the ordinary they can always flag down an officer. Both car and bike patrols are assigned to Uptown and the Riverwalk.

The police department said that so far this season no major incidents have been reported from either the Riverwalk or Uptown.

Liz Buckthorpe

Liz joins the WRBL news team from all the way from New England. More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Update: Victim identified in Columbus shooting

    Update: Victim identified in Columbus shooting

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-04-25 03:56:19 GMT
    Columbus police responding to calls of a shooting on Adair Avenue, police confirm.
    Columbus police responding to calls of a shooting on Adair Avenue, police confirm.
  • April Mugshots

    April Mugshots

    Thursday, April 10 2014 11:54 AM EDT2014-04-10 15:54:25 GMT

    April arrests made in the Upstate and western North Carolina.

    April arrests made in the Upstate and western North Carolina.

  • Amber Alert canceled after toddler girl found; parents arrested

    Amber Alert went out after sibling was found dead

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:00:27 GMT
    Photo from WJTVPhoto from WJTV
    An Amber Alert has been canceled after 2-year old Maliah Harris was found safe in Georgia. Her 7-month-old sibling, Alyssa, was found dead and Maliah disappeared from a Mississippi home which prompted authorities to issue the alert. The girls parents, Donald Boyd Harris,34, and Allison Studdard, 31, are now in custody.
    An Amber Alert has been canceled after 2-year old Maliah Harris was found safe in Georgia. Her 7-month-old sibling, Alyssa, was found dead and Maliah disappeared from a Mississippi home which prompted authorities to issue the alert. The girls parents, Donald Boyd Harris,34, and Allison Studdard, 31, are now in custody.
  • On Your SideMore>>

  • Update: Victim identified in Columbus shooting

    Update: Victim identified in Columbus shooting

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-04-25 03:56:19 GMT
    Columbus police responding to calls of a shooting on Adair Avenue, police confirm.
    Columbus police responding to calls of a shooting on Adair Avenue, police confirm.
  • Michelle Obama announces jobs website for veterans

    Michelle Obama announces jobs website for veterans

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:20:29 GMT
    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to mine.First lady Michelle Obama announced the new Veterans Employment Center at Fort Campbell, Ky., during a special veterans' jobs summit, which comes as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down. Unemployment among veterans who have served since Se...
    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to mine.First lady Michelle Obama announced the new Veterans Employment Center at Fort Campbell, Ky., during a special veterans' jobs summit, which comes as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down. Unemployment among veterans who have served since Se...
  • Alabama state representative arrested in Lee County on perjury charges

    Alabama state representative arrested in Lee County on perjury charges

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:29:48 GMT
    Felix Barry Moore, a representative from the 91st District in the Alabama House of Representatives, has been arrested for felony perjury and providing false statements, acting state attorney general W. Van Davis announced.
    Felix Barry Moore, a representative from the 91st District in the Alabama House of Representatives, has been arrested for felony perjury and providing false statements, acting state attorney general W. Van Davis announced.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.