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Columbus police increase patrol during music festival

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A little over a dozen Columbus police officers were expected to be on hand for last weekend's Cutbait music festival.

Shana Young has lived in Columbus for quite some time. She remembers when uptown used to be downtown and it wasn't the heavily populated place it is today. She believes a lot of that is because of Columbus State and Uptown Columbus.

"It's made a huge difference in the area plus all the shops and now we've got Whitewater; downtown or Uptown Columbus has made a huge transformation," Young said.

Two years ago the area was hit with a string of club shootings, and several drowning happened in the river. The violence didn't intimidate Columbus Police; they stepped up patrol and ensured that you and your family will be safe in uptown

"There is always adequate security down here in the amount of time that i've been working here we haven't even had an arrest for the concert series," said Sergeant McMullen.

Young, who brought her children to the festival Friday night, says she is thankful for the police presence but believes everyone will remain safe.

"Its safe, we feel safe, and we encourage everyone to come out and have a good time," Young said.

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