Police Step Up Patrols for Holiday

November 24, 2011 Updated Nov 24, 2011 at 1:46 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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November 24, 2011 Updated Nov 24, 2011 at 1:46 PM EDT

Thousands of people are expected to head out to the many entertainment districts in the city including Chippewa, Hertel, Elmwood Village and Allentown to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Developer Mark Croce is hoping to bring back the big crowds to downtown with the Thanksgiving Eve grand opening of his new nightclub Rendezvous inside the old Statler Towers.

Buffalo officials are ready for the crowds. As part of Mayor Byron Brown's new holiday patrol enforcement program which began last year, you will notice increased police patrols as well as officers on foot with K-9 dogs.

To combat drinking and driving New York State Police have a new tool called a "concealed identity traffic enforcement vehicle". It is an unmarked vehicle that will be on patrol. Troopers hope the vehicle will prevent drivers from doing what they call the "cop drop" where drivers change their behavior as soon as they see a patrol car.

The increased police presence will continue until the end of the Christmas shopping season.