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Fort Drum Plans 'Courtesy Patrols' of local Bars and Restaurants

Fort Drum is going to start sending out two person “courtesy patrols” to local bars and restaurants several nights a week. The patrols will target fights, drinking and driving and other misbehavior. Each “courtesy patrol” will consist of an officer, and a senior non-commissioned officer. Several patrols will operate each Thursday through Sunday from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., effective immediately. The patrols will be on the lookout for “things that don’t emulate Army values,” said Julie Cupernall, Fort Drum spokeswoman. That includes fighting and “reminding soldiers that there are many, many alternatives to drinking and driving” Cupernall said. The patrols will stop soldiers from getting behind the wheel if they have had too much to drink, Cupernall said. “They will not allow that situation to … Read entire article »

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