MIDWEST CITY — The police department will increase security measures at all retail businesses beginning Thanksgiving evening and continuing until Christmas Day, Police Chief Brandon Clabes said.
Clabes said with store owners offering sales and extending operating hours for holiday shoppers, crowds and crimes usually result.
“We've got some great retailers here,” Clabes said. “We want people to come out with their families, shop, eat, have fun and feel safe.”
To help holiday shoppers feel safe in Midwest City, Clabes said, a portion of the police department's budget will go toward increasing the manpower and hours of the police department as well as the number of locations at which officers will be stationed during the holiday season.
Clabes said police officers working overtime and undercover detectives will be stationed at retail outlets throughout the city while volunteers from the 300-member citizen academy alumni association will work in malls, stores and shopping areas to serve as extra eyes and ears.
Midwest City Explorer Scouts, a group of youths who hope to become law enforcement officers, will be stationed on store rooftops.