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Security beefed up for Albany Mardi Gras events

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Law enforcement will be out in full force in Albany this weekend, to make sure all the Mardi Gras events are safe.

Almost every Albany Police Officers will be on the streets Saturday, making sure their presence is seen at the races and festivals.

The day will start early, about 5AM, making sure traffic is controlled on the 26 mile course for the marathon. Officers will also keep an eye on all the downtown venues, monitoring the surveillance camera system throughout the day, to make sure everyone feels safe.

Sgt. William Dowdell said "It will be beefed up. There are officers coming in to strictly work the Mardi Gras events. We've already talked to the Sheriff's Office. They'll have several officers in and out periodically. Checking on things. Most of us will be in uniform. There may some undercover, as well as private security."

Albany Police are asking that if you don't have to be on the roads tomorrow morning, don't. Many roads from Albany State University to Doublegate Country Club will be blocked off for the runners. Police say last year there were no incidents at Mardi Gras requiring arrest, and they hope to have another perfect weekend this year.

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