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Columbia Police Plan for Tougher Enforcement in 5 Points

8:11 PM, Sep 26, 2012   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Don't be surprised if you hear of more arrests coming out of the Columbia's Five Points.

The move comes in response to last weekend's acts of violence in the entertainment district. Previous Coverage: 'Chief Scott Says He'll Protect People' | Victim Suffers Broken Jaw in Attack

"If you remember a couple of years ago, our arrest stats was high, we has to set a tone, I think it's time we set that tone again in Five Points," said Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott.

Scott says his department will crack down on underage drinking and over consumption, but they will also be more tough on other laws already on the books in Columbia like loitering and cruising.

"If you're patronizing a business, that's one thing, but if you're doing nothing more than just loitering out on the sidewalk and bumping into people and causing nothing but discontent intentionally, that's also not going to be tolerated," said Scott.

The city put a loitering ordinance in place in 2004.  Columbia's codes also ban disorderly conduct which includes trying to start fights with words, gestures, or physical action.

Another city code addressed drunkenness, saying it could be a misdemeanor.

As far as recent incidents of assault and weapons in fiver points, Scott says they're working to solve those cases even as they work to prevent others.

"Our investigators are not playing, they are taking these matters very serious, and they are making sure that guys who perpetrate these crimes are put in jail, are incarcerated, and are prosecuted," said Scott.

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