College Station adding more officers to the Northgate District

POSTED: Friday, September 14, 2012 - 3:45pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 4:47pm

COLLEGE STATION -- The Northgate District is constantly growing and as more and more people flock to the area for entertainment, the city wants to increase police presence in the area to help fight crime and congestion.

Lauren Holman explains how the city plans to do just that by adding a police unit specifically designated to patrol the bars.

It may look calm now but as soon as the sun goes down it's a different story here in the Northgate District.

"It's just really crowded," said Malkolm Webb. "I'm glad they added this area because cars aren't coming through here anymore and it makes it safer but it's just like a sea of fish."

On any given weekend several thousand come to the Northgate District to have a good time but Austin LaFoy says more times than not things get too out of control.

"This area will just be packed with people standing around waiting in line for the clubs and you've got people pushing and shoving and then I've seen people just throwing up in the streets. It definitely gets sketchy."

But the city thinks they've found a solution by adding seven permanent new officers and three more police cars to patrol the Northgate District during its peak business hours between Wednesday and Saturday nights.

"I don't know how you can watch everything down here with the two bicycle officers they have," said LaFloy.

"We've heard about an increase in crime so I definitely think a few more officers down here are necessary," added Austin Burgart.



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