Military Presence Insures safety in downtown Columbus - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Military presence insures safety in downtown Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX)- Two weeks after a fight in downtown involving Fort Benning soldiers. The city of Columbus has partnered with Fort Benning to put military patrol downtown.

"Just get a presence downtown and help make sure the soldiers represent the military the way they normally do 99 percent of the time and take care of those few folks that might get out of control," Major General Robert Brown said.

Major General Robert Brown tells us that with recent events that have taken place in the downtown area, the army and the city felt it was necessary to begin having senior ranking officers patrol the streets of downtown Columbus until 3 in the morning.

Making sure that soldiers are okay and everyone is having a good time.

"Our goal tonight is to provide a more military leadership presence and just set a good example for the community and show that we are ready and willing to be solid members of the community," Courtesy Patrol David Fabozzi said.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson tells us the city is grateful for the relationship they have with Fort Benning. She hopes this will put minds at ease and make the downtown experience one everyone can enjoy.

"We will be able to keep a little, higher level of calm in our entertainment district by having senior officers in the bars on the streets," Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said.

The military officers will be unarmed senior officers; they will be able to command order of all military personnel and alert Military Police and Columbus Police, if the situation calls for it.

For Major General Robert Brown its step in further bridging the gap between Fort Benning and the city of Columbus

"This is just a presence to show we are down here we care about you enjoy yourself and have fun," Major General Robert Brown said.

Copyright 2011 WXTX. All rights reserved.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Sen. Doug Jones made a stop in AL and shares thoughts on economy

    Sen. Doug Jones made a stop in AL and shares thoughts on economy

    Sunday, August 19 2018 7:28 PM EDT2018-08-19 23:28:04 GMT
    Senator Doug Jones traveling across the state, making a recent stop in Opelika to support democrat Brian McGee who's running for House District 38. (Source: WTVM)Senator Doug Jones traveling across the state, making a recent stop in Opelika to support democrat Brian McGee who's running for House District 38. (Source: WTVM)
    Senator Doug Jones traveling across the state, making a recent stop in Opelika to support democrat Brian McGee who's running for House District 38. (Source: WTVM)Senator Doug Jones traveling across the state, making a recent stop in Opelika to support democrat Brian McGee who's running for House District 38. (Source: WTVM)

    Traveling across the state, U.S. Senator Doug Jones made a recent stop to support democrat Brian McGee, who's running for House District 38. In his first visit back to East Alabama since winning December's special election,

    More >>

    Traveling across the state, U.S. Senator Doug Jones made a recent stop to support democrat Brian McGee, who's running for House District 38. In his first visit back to East Alabama since winning December's special election,

    More >>
  • Local church gathers for an evening of prayer for children & schools

    Local church gathers for an evening of prayer for children & schools

    Sunday, August 19 2018 6:45 PM EDT2018-08-19 22:45:55 GMT
    Carter Monumental CME Church in Columbus hosting an evening of prayers for schools. (Source: WTVM)Carter Monumental CME Church in Columbus hosting an evening of prayers for schools. (Source: WTVM)
    Carter Monumental CME Church in Columbus hosting an evening of prayers for schools. (Source: WTVM)Carter Monumental CME Church in Columbus hosting an evening of prayers for schools. (Source: WTVM)

    Carter Monumental CME Church in Columbus hosted an evening of prayers for schools. The service was attended by members of the faith-based community. 

    More >>

    Carter Monumental CME Church in Columbus hosted an evening of prayers for schools. The service was attended by members of the faith-based community. 

    More >>
  • UPDATE: Police respond to shots fired on 33rd Street

    UPDATE: Police respond to shots fired on 33rd Street

    Sunday, August 19 2018 4:31 PM EDT2018-08-19 20:31:14 GMT
    Breaking NewsBreaking News

    News Leader 9 is on the scene of heavy police presence on 33rd street in Columbus; where officers are investigating a possible shooting. The scene stretches from the Hamilton Road intersection through 11th avenue.

    More >>

    News Leader 9 is on the scene of heavy police presence on 33rd street in Columbus; where officers are investigating a possible shooting. The scene stretches from the Hamilton Road intersection through 11th avenue.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly