Police prep for New Year's Eve festivities

Posted at 7:36 AM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 08:10:44-05
Baltimore City Police are stepping up security efforts ahead of Thursday night's New Year's Eve celebrations at the Inner Harbor. 
If you're bringing in the new year with the annual fireworks display, expect the area to be packed with plenty of spectators and police officers. Police plan to patrol the crowds on foot and by bicycle. While most officers will be in uniform, others will be wearing plain clothes. 
Staffing at all nine districts will be beefed up for the celebration and fireworks show. 
One group of protesters is planning to hold a demonstration during the festivities in support of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy shot and killed by police in Cleveland.
Police say they will allow the protests to proceed, as long as the gathering doesn't prevent people from enjoying the festivities. 
Additional officers will dispatched on the roads looking for drunk drivers, so if you plan to have a drink or two, be sure to bring a designated driver.
Open alcohol containers are illegal outside, even at the Inner Harbor festival area. Traffic restrictions will also be put in place around the area through the evening.
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