Valley City Police Department is becoming more visible in the communityValley City, ND (WDAY TV) -- The Valley City Police Department is ramping up efforts to be more visible in the community. As part of a community involvement effort more and more people will see officers out and about.
Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) -- The Valley City Police Department is ramping up efforts to be more visible in the community. As part of a community involvement effort more and more people will see officers out and about.
Fred Thompson/Valley City Police Chief: "The past practice was for officers not to go into a liquor establishment."
Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson says all of that will soon change. Starting next week officers will be making stops in bars and all other places that serve alcohol.
Thompson: "During a business check like that, they'll walk in they'll walk through, they'll say hello to the bartender, to the boss, they may say hello to a couple of the patrons in the case of an establishment that serves alcohol, if they spot someone who is there who is obviously underage I would expect them to challenge that person and check their ID."
Thompson says officers wont only be visiting bars, but as part of the community relations effort, they'll be making frequent and random stops in all other types of businesses.
Thompson: "We are not singling out the bars, I want to make that clear, this will be officers going into all businesses at all times of the day, and all days of the week."
Tom Martin/VFW Manager: "The bartenders will know the police, the police will know them."
Tom Martin is the manager here at the VFW. He says this will be the first time for something like this in his bar, and after dealing will typical bar fights and problems he couldn't be happier with Thompson's decision.
Martin: "It will stop any trouble if you have trouble with fights and that, people will know that the police will be coming in off and on, they don't know when or where. It should help all bars and all people."
Both Thompson and Martin agree that this effort will make the community feel more involved, but maybe one of the most beneficial aspects will be the hopefull reduction in crime and drinking and driving.
Thompson: "If it starts one person from getting behind the wheel of a car because they think that a cop might be close and it saves a life then it's been a success."
All officers will be involved in this effort.