Halloween 2016: Multiple departments in Greenville ahead of Halloween crowds

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – It’s that time of the year again where monsters, vampires, and ghosts fill the streets.

Multiple departments are in Uptown Greenville Monday night. Some as far away as Williamston.

Thousands of people are expected to be in Uptown. Everyone going there will have to go through a checkpoint. Greenville Police tells 9 On Your Side, people are allowed to wear masks this year but no replicas of weapons are allowed. Chief Mark Holtzman says they are not worried about people wearing masks. He says they’ve learned quite a bit as a department since the Halloween riots nearly 2 years ago.

“It’s about not putting all your resources in one location so even though you’ll see a lot of resources, police officers downtown, we have just as many out moving around the community that is ready and willing to respond to anything that pops up,” said Holtzman.

Unlike in years past, the party space in Uptown has been expanded to outside of the bars and clubs. There are also food trucks out as well.

Anyone planning to drive near Uptown should know that the main streets running through Uptown have been shut down. They are not expected to reopen until about 4 a.m.

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