SPOKANE, Wash.—Spokane police planned to step up their patrols on New Year’s Eve across the City.
40 extra officers were set to be on duty Tuesday night.
16 officers planned to work at First Night in Downtown Spokane. Police said they usually do not have many problems with First Night, with the exception of a few intoxicated people.
They said their goal is not to take people to jail. They just wanted to keep First Night a family friendly event.
“Our plan is to keep it a safe event, keep it quiet. If we have a problem, we plan to address it right away and prevent it from becoming something more major,” said Spokane Police Special Events Supervisor Sergeant JD Anderson.
Police said they would be on the lookout for drunk drivers. Air One was set to patrol from the skies as well.
Police wanted to remind the public that open containers are not allowed at First Night. Police said if you choose to drink, do it in the bars.