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COLUMBUS, Ga. --
Starting at 10 o'clock Friday, two senior non-commissioned officers from Fort Benning will be on courtesy patrol. The soldiers will be wearing arm bands that read, "Courtesy Patrol."
Fort Benning Commanding General Robert Brown and Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson made the announcement earlier this week.
They need to increase security in Uptown Columbus comes after two weekend incidents in early April.
Mayor Tomlinson says the soldiers will not be able to make any arrests, but will be able to command order of all military personnel and if need be, alert military police.
“You can’t arrest someone for being intoxicated, but a senior officer can order you back to base or have military police come get you and bring you back to base,” says Tomlinson.
Originally posted by idonotcollectstamps
I could find nothing about the equipment that the soldiers would carry with them. The video portion of the story did state that one officer and one enlisted person would work in tandem. I am interested to know if the curtsey patrol will be armed with any weapons or will they only use a radio/cellphone to try and communicate with local law enforcement. Technically they could patrol downtown to police their own soldiers and just say they are out for a walk at night.
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
reply to post by IamAbeliever
That's a bit out of context in my opinion, the article says that the MP's could be called in to assist in returning the soldiers to the base.
Pure speculation here on my part, but I would suspect that the "courtesy patrol" would work with the local law enforcement should there be an incident.
I see this more of a "nip it in the bud" deal, since there have been some recent events.
Also speculation, but I am thinking that the base commander isn't liking the reports of these recent events