RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — A crackdown on noise violations, placing metal detectors at store entrances and an increased police presence in Glenwood South.
Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson went before the city council on Tuesday afternoon and recommended some serious changes.
She is determined to make the area safe again.
Patterson told City Council members Mass shooting in Sacramento The weekend was a wake-up call.
“It’s getting too loud, there are too many very drunk people,” said Liza Elarbee, who lives in Raleigh.
“It’s extremely crowded and feels too chaotic,” said Jasmine Denizard, a Raleigh resident.
The Glenwood South neighborhood looks very different in the middle of the working day on weekends after sundown.
It’s not safe enough for the town leaders of Raleigh and Patterson.
“We see more drunk people in possession of handguns. We see that every weekend,” Patterson said
She said crowds are a big problem.
Patterson explained that outside of the bars, restaurants and clubs, 12,000 people were crammed into the streets at times.
She said they’re from Fayetteville, Rocky Mount, and Greensboro.
“More than half of the people we arrest — they don’t live in our jurisdiction,” Patterson added.
There were 64 concealed weapon violations in the last nine months, compared to 15 from June 2019 to March 2020.
There have also been 36 attacks on rescue workers and law enforcement officials in the past nine months.
That’s more than double the number of similar attacks in 2019-2020.
“This is a wake-up call,” Councilor David Knight said after Patterson’s presentation.
“Given the issues we’re seeing, I think we’re going to have a national incident at some point. And I don’t want to see that,” Patterson said.
She wants to rewrite some of the Hospitality District’s codes to make it easier and better for her officers to enforce the rules.
There is also the idea of business owners installing metal detectors at the entrances.
“It’s an effective way to keep guns out of the area,” Patterson said.
“Can we make this requirement in the Hospitality District?” asked Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin.
“I’d like that,” Patterson said.
The City Attorney and Police Prosecutor are considering whether they can legally require business owners to install the metal detectors.
Making Raleigh safer is a goal many can agree on.
“We have a lot of new people coming in to try all the different places and everything else. They would feel safer arriving where there is more police presence,” Elarbee added.
Patterson said their motto is alive but safe.
She doesn’t want to disrupt the great success of Glenwood South, but rather make it easier for people to get to the district.
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