(MOBILE, Ala.) Mobile Police Department are putting a plan into action this weekend to keep residents safe during Mardi Gras season. After the shooting in Bienville Square on New Year's Eve, officials stated they plan to take extra measures to keep everyone safe at public events.
The Mobile Police Department set up a Mobile Command Center to manage officers during Mardi Gras parades.
"Inside there it's where really all the organization goes for directing officers to certain areas, to communications, the radio communications," said Levy.
You can expect to see a strong police presence downtown. The Police Department stated it will have more than 400 officers on hand each day until Mardi Gras season is over. Officers will be working each and every intersection downtown.
"And that's one thing that we do. We have a ton of police officers down there both uniformed and plain clothes officers working the crowd," said Levy.
Officials encouraged residents to get the attention of an officer if something looks suspicious.
"We usually have alert citizens that notify officers when they believe something is unsafe and allow us to go over there and handle a situation. We know that it exist, and we're on the look out for it, " said Levy.