Posted Thursday, April 25, 2013 --- 11:50 a.m.
With the weather getting warmer, the Madison Police Department will deploy additional resources downtown on the weekends. Officers say it's an effect to reduce violent, disruptive and intimidating behavior.
They will patrol on foot, on bicycle, on horse and in squad cars. Police say they hope to engage the public in conversation while enforcing relevant ordinances to manage behavior. It is a part of the department's effort to make the State Street area safe for everyone.
Police have been working with businesses and other local leaders to curb bad or violent behavior downtown. One project is designed to target repeat offenders of State Street businesses.
Police say the city has worked to improve lighting and installed additional cameras downtown over the past year.