Extra police on duty for Y2K

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 28, 1999

The word among local law enforcement agencies is that New Year’s Eve probably won’t bring any major problems — but most will have extra officers on duty just in case.

More than 65 officers will be on duty in the Miss-Lou that night to provide security and direct traffic at holiday events as well as maintain order in case major snafus occur, such as widespread power outages.

&uot;It’s a precautionary measure,&uot;&160;said Maj. Bill McDaniel of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. That department will have Sheriff Tommy Ferrell, two majors, one captain and 12 officers on duty at midnight Friday.

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&uot;We don’t feel like anything is going to happen, but we want to be prepared in case it does,&uot;&160;he added.

The Natchez Police Department will have 25 officers on duty, up from eight to 10 officers on a usual Friday night but about normal for New Year’s Eve.

Police will be posted at events such as the New Year’s Eve balloon glow and fireworks display, said Police Chief Willie Huff. &uot;We’ve still got to provide security and handle traffic at those events in addition to handling whatever else may happen,&uot;&160;he said.

In Vidalia, up to 12 officers will be on duty, said Police Chief Billy Hammers. Another 14 will be on standby at locations throughout town in case they are needed.

Ferriday will have all eight officers on duty and will be working closely with the Ferriday Fire Department in case multiple medical calls come in, said Police Chief Eddie Newman.

&uot;They are (medical) first responders, so they will be able to help us out a great deal,&uot;&160;Newman said, adding that most New Year’s calls in that area involve fires and gunshots.

In addition, the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office plans to have three officers patrolling the parish during the day and six deputies on duty Friday night.