Columbia Mo. (KMIZ)
The Columbia Police Department said it will have a fair number of officers working each shift throughout Halloween weekend.
The department said it was important to call 911 if you feel you are in a dangerous situation.
“When you see something, say something,” said Jeff Pitts, a police public information officer.
There have been several shootings in the city center in the past few weeks.
“It always feels like home when there is shooting around you,” said Matt McGee, owner of On the Rocks bar.
However, McGee believes that there is shootout and violence in every city you live in. He said he will continue to protect his community by having door staff outside of his bar to help the big flows of business that may be getting through.
Tyree Byndom, a member of the Downtown Leadership Council, believes some people might even stay home this weekend because they feel insecure.
Byndom encouraged the community to help each other stay safe not just this weekend, but every day.
âIf we activated not only the cops but the cops, it will be too late when they get there. make it safe. “
According to online shipping records, police were sent seven shots, calls, and 38 malfunctions on Halloween last year.