Crowd Control For Saint Patrick's Day

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Thousands of people are making their way to River Street and City Market for the Saint Patrick's Day celebration.

This year Savannah Chatham police have more officers in these two areas, hoping to keep the problems down to a minimum.

Friday Lt. Gary Glemboski with SCPD made his rounds along River Street.   He knows how important it is that this large crowd is kept under control because once that control is lost it will be a lot harder to get back. Something as small as a minor fight could set that into motion; "The issues are when people want to get involved, watching. We're trying to get to it and they start fighting with us that ends up being problematic at times" said Lt. Glemboski.

At the first sign of trouble officers are there and they're looking for potential problems in advance. Checking the corridors, making sure the crowds are moving.

For the most part officers are staying back, but as soon as a call comes they are in route. Mainly dealing with minor problems, people trying to gain access to River Street the wrong way, or someone just being unruly.

Lt. Glemboski says controlling the crowd on River Street isn't too hard, with the buildings, the gates and the river; but other areas aren't so lucky. "City Market is a little bit more open, so it's a little bit of a challenge to keep the crowd under control."

Even though City Market is packed, so far the crowds have been pretty calm. Officers are hoping this will last through the night, but are ready in case it doesn't. "We want everyone to have a good time that's why people come here; but at the same time we don't want your good time to interfere with someone else's."

Reported by: Christy Hutchings,