Arab Police prepare patrol cars, jail for the cold temperatures

Northeast Alabama
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ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) -- Law enforcement agencies are getting ready for the icy blast in store for the Valley in the next two days.

The Arab Police Department spent much of Wednesday getting everything ready to go, from the jail to the patrol cars.

"If there's going to be snow or sleet or ice or anything like that we will get our four-wheel drive vehicles prepared and ready for patrol," Assistant Chief Shane Washburn said.

The department is also going to be doing extra patrols to help anyone who needs it. Inside the department, officers are making sure the jail is weather-ready.

There is one thing officers see less of during the cold weather -- crime. "I think for the sheer fact that it's so cold at night it kind of deters the criminals from getting out and stealing property and the other crimes that may occur," Assistant Chief Washburn said.

He says while there is somewhat of a lull in certain crimes, officers will do extra patrols to businesses and neighborhoods to make sure everything is as it should be.

Officers are also prepping the animal shelter for the cold weather.

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