Several of the bars downtown actually hire off duty police officers to sit outside of their bars and to help stop problems. Yet there are still problems at these locations despite uniformed officers in plain view. Increased police presence will only curtail so many incidents. Alcohol impairs judgement. People will still fight, urinate in public, and so on.
Yet still, the violence downtown isn't anywhere near as bad as it was a year ago. Incidents have massively declined. Closing problematic bars and portions of streets has helped curtail some of it. Proactive alcohol licensing is also helping to styme the influx of bars to already over-saturated areas.
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