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Tucson Police prepare for New Years Eve 2020

TPD says it will boost patrols on NYE
Posted at 11:44 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 01:44:54-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — If the past is any indication for Tucson Police, New Year's Eve in Tucson will be without incident.

"In years past we haven't seen much in the way of major incident in Tucson," said TPD spokesperson, Officer Ray Smith.

"We've been pretty low key for the most part."

While most people are celebrating the new year Tucson's Police Department said it'll be patrolling in higher numbers.

"We're going to be boosting our patrols all over the city, but we are also focusing a lot of the efforts downtown."

Officer Smith said you'll find bike patrols and officers on foot downtown.

"We have a DUI task force that's going to be primarily centered downtown for the festivities that are going to be going on."

Smith said if you plan to have a drink don't plan on driving downtown or anywhere in the city without running into a TPD officer.

"The DUI task force, it's going to be focused downtown, but there are DUI officers all over, throughout the city," Smith said.

"Make sure that if you're going to be out and you're going to be partying, which we want people to do, we want them to have fun, but we also want them to know, ride shares
are available, make sure those plans are made ahead of time."

TPD says it will also be on the look out for anyone using fireworks in city limits.

"The most basic way to put it for people with fireworks: if it fires into the air and explodes, it's illegal."

Smith said some fireworks may be used within the city.

"If you're just popping fireworks off on the ground...then that's OK."