Police ramping up patrols in downtown Montgomery

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery Police say they're ramping up downtown patrols after complaints of underage drinking and other inappropriate conduct near the riverfront entertainment district.

Public Safety Director J. Christopher Murphy tells the Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/16XRvI5 ) officers will patrol the area on bicycles and marked patrol cars, and undercover officers will also canvass the area at night.

Montgomery City Council passed an ordinance last year to establish a downtown entertainment district and some say underage visitors have started bringing their own liquor and loitering in the area.

Mayor Todd Strange says authorities are enforcing rules against patrons walking through the entertainment district carrying glass containers and are working to ensure that the drinks visitors carry with them through the district are being legally purchased from within the area.

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Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com



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