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Police staffing stays the same despite earlier Black Friday crowds

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

The Thanksgiving holiday will end early for many employees in Lexington, as several stores will be opening their doors even earlier. Some of your tax dollars will be going towards security over the busy shopping weekend.

It's something that Lexington police budget for every year, extra security on Black Friday. But even with an earlier start, not much will change.

"For us it doesn't really matter if things start a little bit earlier. We've been doing this do long, we've got this," says Sherelle Roberts with Lexington Police.

Police say it won't cost any more than it usually does, "Basically we work it out so that we can just shift schedules around. We're really conservative with over time because of course, we want to be responsible stewards of the tax payers dollars," Roberts says.

Not all tax payers, like Linda Rainey, are fond of paying any money for those early shoppers, "As a tax payer, do you think it's worth it? No, I don't think so."

For those that do plan on venturing out earlier, police say you can still anticipate a high police presence. Police say you'll still see patrolman on the ground and they will also have a birds eye view with the sky watch tower at the Fayette Mall and shops at Hamburg.

"I think this holiday, that will be money well spent", Susan Wilson, a Mt. Sterling resident says.

Some retailers in town will spend store money to keep things running smoothly, "We also have local police which we pay here in Lexington to come in and help us out to ensure it's a safe shopping experience," says James Dektas, a store manager at Best Buy in Lexington.

Stores like Best Buy think that the earlier start could actually help with the Black Friday crowds, by having those that don't go to bed and the early risers shopping at different times.

City Traffic Division employees say they will implement the annual Holiday timing schedule for traffic lights near the Fayette Mall and the shops at Hamburg.

Staff say this means, they will be maximizing the green light time in those areas as needed. They will have a technician monitoring traffic at midnight Black Friday. Next week, they will determine whether or not, a technician will also be needed Thursday night for the early store openings.

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