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Increased Police Presence In Downtown Springfield

Updated: Monday, June 9 2014, 10:15 AM CDT
Even before the start of Friday nights Soho Music Festival, there was an increased police presence. This comes after a fatal stabbing nearly 2 weeks ago.

The case remains open and police still have not captured the killer, but this weekend police aren't expecting any problems. Instead they are taking a proactive approach.

People by the busload were already making their way to Downtown Springfield Friday afternoon. Thousands are expected for high school graduations and the Soho Music Festival.

"Soho has been a nice event. There are not a lot of problems with it that require police involvement," said Sgt. Charles Kean from the Springfield Police Department.

But Springfield Police aren't taking any chances. More officers on foot will be scouring the area. Even the Police Skywatch camera will remain downtown all weekend.

"Most of the downtown area is covered by permantely  mounted cameras, but that will just be there to supplement some of the dead spots that occur," said Sgt. Kean.

Business owners say they have already noticed an increased police presence since a fatal stabbing behind a popular nightclub nearly 2 weeks ago. The killer is still on the run. They applaud the efforts to keep the area safe.

"Especially when there is alcohol involved you gotta have it. They have done a good job at containing wild parties," said Leslie Smith, a downtown business owner.

"We have seen more police even during the daytime there has been an increase in patrols downtown. I have seen Sheriff and City Police cars," said Studio on 6th owner, Alicia Bibb.

Alicia Bibb says the increased police presence benefits business owners even when a festival isn't in town because shoplifting incidents are a threat everyday.

"Thankfully we have not needed them for anything like that. but absolutely just knowing they are here is a real comfort," said Bibb.

Springfield Police are reminding anyone heading downtown this weekend to make sure valuables like cell phones and wallets are kept in your pocket.Increased Police Presence In Downtown Springfield

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