MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile Police Chief Micheal T. Williams said he plans to ask the city council for money to hire more officers and equipment to enforce laws in the new entertainment districts.
The ordinance creating the districts allows people within the two districts boundaries to walk outside with a 16 ounce cup of liquor bought from an establishment.
Williams had said he had concerns about enforcement, and was going to ask the city for a budget amendment to help pay for more security.
Chief Williams said, "I'm going to ask the city council for seven new officers, plus seven new cars, and the equipment that the officers will need.
He talked about other requests he'll make.
Chief Williams said, "I'm going to ask for an additional skybox, two surveillance monitors, six new cameras because we increased the geographical area. There are some other locations off of Church Street where I'll need some new cameras. And then, certainly, as we add more cameras, we have to add more camera monitors or camera operators."
HOW MUCH MONEY?
Williams said, "The initial outlay is $600,000. And then, after which, the annual cost for the salaries and everything will be $300,000."
DEPLOYING POLICE OFFICERS
Chief Williams said police are doing a good job enforcing the law within the district right now with the manpower they have, but it's not sufficient.
Chief Williams said, "I want to put policemen out on foot, on segways, on four wheelers, and, of course, in cars and, often times, you see our mounted unit, our horses downtown, so, we want people to feel comfortable."
Williams said the proposal should be on the agenda for next week's council meeting.
ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS MAP
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