City announces partnership with Ft. Benning to monitor Uptown

From the City of Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA - Commanding General Bob Brown and Mayor Teresa Tomlinson announce that Ft. Benning and the City of Columbus will be partnering to increase the sense of safety in UPtown Columbus.

Starting Friday, April 22, 2011, Military Courtesy Patrols will walk UPtown streets and business establishments until the entertainment district closes around 3:00 a.m.

The Courtesy Patrols will be unarmed senior non-commissioned officers in military uniform. Each will wear an arm band reading "Courtesy Patrol".

Though the military officers will have no law enforcement capacity, they will be able to command order of all military personnel and alert Military Police and Columbus Police, if necessary.

"We are fortunate to have such a special relationship with Ft. Benning. We appreciate General Brown's enthusiastic cooperation to provide the Courtesy Patrols", states Mayor Tomlinson.

Tomlinson made the request of Garrison Commander Colonel Tom Macdonald Friday evening April 15th at the close of business after conferring with Columbus law enforcement department heads.

"By 9:00 a.m. Saturday April 16th, General Brown was on the phone saying 'yes' they would be happy to provide the Courtesy Patrols", states Tomlinson.