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Williamsburg: Policing Where the Present Meets the Past
Policing Tourist Areas: Working Where Others Play

Policing Tourist Areas: Working Where Others Play

Law enforcement officers who work in tourism towns have a two-fold mission, protecting the locals and protecting the droves of tourists that the locals depend upon for their livelihood and their departments depend upon for operating funds. That may sound crass but law enforcement agencies in destination areas have to be aware of the numbers and what they mean.

July 17, 2014

Crimes Against Tourists

There is a long recognized relationship between tourism and crime. Much of this can be attributed to "vacation behavior," a general carefree attitude that translates into carelessness and leaves the tourist vulnerable.

May 1, 2008

Cheyenne (Wyo.) Police Department

Cheyenne is a city with a relatively low crime rate, averaging one or two homicides a year, and is home to residents who seem to appreciate the work officers do.

August 1, 2006

Sturgis (S.D.) Police Department

Every summer a department of 14 sworn morphs into a large multi-agency police force to accommodate the town’s annual motorcycle rally.

April 1, 2006

Boise (Idaho) Police Department

Clearly, the city needed to pay more attention to recreation on and around the river. In response, over the span of several years, Boise PD added four more full-time bike officers as well as eight school resource officers.

January 1, 2006

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