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Somers Point Police add additional patrols for this year's Bayfest

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The streets of Somers Point were packed as crowds gathered for the 25th annual Bayfest.

Residents couldn't have asked for a more beautiful Saturday afternoon to enjoy the celebration.

Somers Point Mayor, Jack Glasser, explained, "It started out as a festival to enjoy Somers Point's maritime heritage and it has turned into this great event that we have now."

Bayfest is considered the largest single day festival in South Jersey and because of the recent bombings in Boston; police say they increased patrols over the 14 blocks that were filled with food vendors, craft tents, and thousands of people.  Mayor Glasser added, "We did prepare for this – our police department has been very proactive. In the light of the events that occurred in Boston, we are really ramped up for this."

Somers Point police officers said that with over 30,000 people on the streets for Bayfest, they needed to bring in some extra police officers to make sure the crowds were kept in control."

Lieutenant Anthony DiSciasscio said, "Our entire department is working with our street patrol team as well as officers. We have outside agencies along with the Police Explorers assisting us with traffic."

However, directing traffic wasn't the only thing officers at Bayfest were taking care of.  Festival attendee, Anthony Luma, explained, "I seen a lot of people get arrested out here and chances are if you're doing something wrong out here, it's the 25th anniversary, there are many police departments, you'll get arrested."

Lieut. DiSciasscio said, "We've had a few arrests today in reference to open containers and disorderly subjects, but all-in-all it's been good so far."

Despite seeing his friends get arrested, festival attendee Johnny Johnson said the police were doing a good job, "They're out here doing their thing, you know, they're out here taking care of business down the street and everything, you know, to keep everything secure."

Officials say they will patrol throughout the night as well.  DiSciasscio told NBC40, "We have a full staff working tonight as well and extra officers that are assigned to DWI  patrol."

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