Dothan police to boost Foster Fest security after outbreak of violence

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Dothan Police Department and Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority have reached an agreement to make Foster Fest safer for visitors to the downtown event.

Law enforcement and the DDRA met Wednesday to discuss the aftermath of the violence last Friday.

Officers arrested nine people for fighting that night, including seven minors.

“Really, the message we wanna communicate is in conjunction with the DDRA is we are not gonna put up with it,” Chief Steve Parrish told WDHN Tuesday. “Everyone is welcome to go and enjoy the city and the event for what it is.”

As a result, the city will provide more police officers to patrol the festival. Other safety measures will be implemented, including video surveillance, undercover police officers and increased security lighting.

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