BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - With crowds numbering in the thousands, Biloxi Beach was busting at the seams Saturday evening with spring break activity. When large crowds arrive on the coast, you can expect an increased police presence. Officials said around 60 to 70 officers were on duty Saturday to manage the crowds.
For weeks leading up to Biloxi Black Beach Weekend, multiple advisories came from the well-prepared law enforcement team made up of multiple agencies. Police officers from Biloxi, D'Iberville, Gulfport and the Harrison County Sheriff's Departments all converged on the Edgewater Mall parking lot where they set up a mobile command center.
Biloxi Police Captain Jim Adamo said, although it takes weeks to set up, the team works as a well-oiled machine. The reason is practice.
"When Scraping the Coast comes to town, when Cruising the Coast comes to town, we do the same thing. We set up the same general plan, you know? We have our barricades ready, we have areas where we don't want people sectioned off," said Adamo.
Adamo says law enforcement can only go so far. The best preparation is prevention, and that starts with the public.
"Be aware of your surroundings. Don't get yourself in areas where you don't feel comfortable. If you get out of your vehicles, please lock your vehicles," said Adamo.
Of course, just showing an increased police presence prevents a lot of problems before they start. Adamo said seeing an officer at all times lets the public know that help is always just a step away.
As of Saturday night, officials said that no arrests had been made, and only a few citations had been issued.