HARRISON, N.Y. Police Chief Anthony Marraccini said that Harrison Police will be increasing patrol over Memorial Day weekend, though, with budget cuts over the years, the patrol will not be as great in previous years.
Marraccini said that financial constraints are the main reason the police department has been short on manpower but it wont stop them from looking for suspicious activity. Since Memorial Day is a national holiday, Marraccini said police officers need to be more vigilant but for the most part Harrison has been problem-free during this celebratory weekend.
If this were 10 years ago, patrols would have been doubled, Marraccini said. There is always increased police presence on Memorial Day. The more manpower we have the better we will be able to deter people from criminal activity.
Marraccini said there is good possibility that road checks looking for drunk drivers would be setup but the chief didnt confirm if, when and where such checks would occur.
This is a celebratory occasion where people will indulge in alcoholic beverages, Marraccini said. There is a mindset out there I would like to believe that people will drink more responsibly if they know that the police have upped their patrols.
Marraccini said that local police departments only collaborate on potential terrorist threats adding that there is a good network of communication in Westchester County between the police chiefs. Marraccini said the department will monitor certain areas but did not name any specifics places.
Though the police presence will be upped in Harrison this weekend, Marraccini said that the day is still meant primarily to focus on honoring the service men and women of the countrys military.
I think this will be a fine, festive tribute to them, Marraccini said.
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