Newark police to increase enforcement for St. Patty's day

By Tom Lehman 6:53am, March 15, 2013 - Updated 11:54am, March 15, 2013
With St. Patrick's Day this Sunday, Newark police are stepping up their enforcement this weekend.

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Since many University of Delaware students and Newark residents plan are expected to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Newark police spokesman Lt. Mark Farrall says uniformed and plain clothes officers will be deployed in the city's business district and areas containing student rental properties.

"One of the reasons why we use the plain clothes police officers is because people don't always know where we are, and that's always been a good technique to reduce crime and control disorderly behavior," he says.

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Farrall says poor weather could reduce complaints and order maintenance issues typically seen on St. Patrick's day.

"If the weather is bad, typically what we see is people minimizing their time outside and just running from place to place and carrying their activities indoors," he says.

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Farrall also says the city's police officers will be teaming up with officers from UD to respond to complaints on Sunday.

"They will have officers assigned to several of our units and we will be working together to try to control activity around the city and not disturbing the peace," he says.

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University of Delaware Police Chief Patrick Ogden didn't immediately return phone calls Thursday.

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