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Military Begins Courtesy Patrols In Savannah Area

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Memorial Day weekend offers some of our soldiers in the area the opportunity to unwind. To make sure nothing gets out of hand a new initiative has soldiers looking out for one another. Fort Stewart soldiers who are part of a courtesy patrol are keeping an eye on any signs of trouble.

"Soldiers have a positive image and that's what we are here to keep soldiers acting the proper way," said Lieutenant Matthew Wasilewski.

Lieutenant Matthew Wasilewski and his courtesy patrol partner made the rounds to popular areas a soldier might want to let loose on Tybee Beach on Saturday.

"A lot of soldiers go to Wet Willies so we'll probably stop there see if there is anything going on," said Lt. Wasilewski.

If a soldier does slip up the courtesy patrols can step in.

"If a police officer sees a soldier making a poor decision and doesn't necessarily want to arrest them or it's a petty issue they can always bring us into the situation where we can take it from there and get that soldier home safely," said Lt. Wasilewski.

An arrest could hurt a soldier's livelihood.

"We limit him going to jail or having a career impacting decision," said Lt. Wasilewski.

The owner of Doc's Bar on Tybee Beach said she has never had issues with soldiers causing trouble but extra precautions don't hurt.

"Anything that's out helping other people do the right thing is good and it's nice to see the military presence, makes everybody feel safe," said Peggy Stone.

Lieutenant Wasilewski admits soldiers can made mistakes from time to time but it's helpful to know they have someone they can turn to.

"We do have authority over soldiers to tell them no, if you are intoxicated, hey look before you make that choice, let's get you a cab lets arrange a hotel stay," said Lt. Wasilewski.

The courtesy patrol program will go on for another few weeks and later be determined if it's effective enough to continue. Courtesy Patrols will be out on Tybee Island in the afternoons and downtown Savannah during the night.

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