Charlotte, NC - City Manager Ron Carlee declared New Year’s Eve and the Belk Bowl as extraordinary events.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Deputy Chief Jeff Estes said the department will be well staffed, with officers on foot, in cruisers, and on motorcycles.
Authorities want to make sure everyone is following the law especially when it comes to carrying weapons and drinking alcohol.
The extraordinary event declaration allows police to stop and search anyone in the area of the events.
"Unfortunately, in today's world that's part of what we have to do,” Estes said.
Police will be on the lookout, but they also need help from the public.
"We would like to think that there are not just officers on the street, but another 70,000 pairs of eyes that are out watching for things that are suspicious,” Estes said.
The CLT New Year’s Eve event will be held at Romare Bearden Park starting at 6 p.m. Mint Street, between Third Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. until Friday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.
Heavy Uptown traffic is expected with many pedestrians crossing the streets. Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are cautioned to be alert at all times. Riding CATS transit is encouraged.