“The biggest issues encountered at the Fiesta are all alcohol related,” Sgt. Costello said.
Despite no major incidents, the Stanislaus Sheriff’s were kept busy the entire weekend, dealing with a lot of alcohol related issues. Many included fights, which were cause for law enforcement to serve several warrants for arrests as well as a couple of drunk in public arrests.
“A strong presence of Law Enforcement helps deter crime inside the event,” said Sgt. Aaron Costello of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. “There are also a lot of other issues such as lost or found children that take a lot of resources to solve with such a large crowd.”
According to Sgt. Costello there was an average of 10 patrol officers on overlapping shifts throughout each day for inside the Fiesta.
The Patterson Detectives also patrolled the area to help relieve the influx of activity. Traffic units were used for the exterior of the Fiesta, and Avoid the 12 brought in 2-3 officers on Friday and Saturday to provide extra patrol for DUI enforcement.
The Sheriff’s Mobile Command unit made it’s presence downtown during the annual Apricot Fiesta, parked along Plaza Circle adjacent to North Park.
“People drink a lot in the beer garden and when the Fiesta ends they all filter over to the Frontier Club, La Estrellita and Mill’s Café,” he said.
Visitors to Mill’s bar and Grill downtown may have noticed a heightened police presence but according to Sgt. Costello, didn’t have anymore presence than the other bars other than the fact that there was a fight inside of Mil’s.
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