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August 30, 2013

OPD to beef up weekend patrols

By Denise Richardson Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — Oneonta city police will ramp up patrols Friday and Saturday nights starting this weekend, Lt. Douglas Brenner said.

This weekend is the first weekend after Wednesday’s start of classes at the State University College at Oneonta, which enrolls about 6,000 students. Classes at Hartwick College, which enrolls about 1,600 students, start Tuesday.

Brenner said the standard patrol of two officers will be doubled to four, including one sergeant, working from 8 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. The increase will continue until Halloween, he said, and other officers may volunteer for service depending on need.

The Oneonta Police Department is to start a three-month trial period early in September of patrol officers working 12-hour shifts.

Oneonta has about 10 taverns downtown, Brenner said.

The Oneonta Police Department staff will identify “hot spots” in the downtown business district and/or in the Center City neighborhoods, which last year had problems with “quality-of-life” disturbances, such as disorderly conduct, noise and littering, he said.

Oneonta Police Chief Dennis Nayor previously said a “zero tolerance” approach will be in effect for quality-of-life violations. The police department met with bar owners in August about law and enforcement issues.

The Oneonta Police Department has 12 uniformed officers, not including officers attending the academy, and four uniformed sergeants and one detective sergeant, Brenner said.

Assigned patrol may be in vehicles, on bicycles or foot, Brenner said.