A new police initiative dubbed Take Back the Las Vegas Strip began Friday on the iconic portion of Las Vegas Boulevard, local law enforcement has announced.
Police say the crack down on crime will help the homeless and make tourists feel more comfortable. On Friday, police arrested six people and handed out numerous citations during the initial three-hour action. The move follows four January casino robberies, including three on the Strip.
Volunteers and representatives of faith groups, casinos and homeless support organizations joined police in the organized effort. Police Capt. John Pelletier says it is law enforcement’s intention to make tourists feel safe and deter criminals.
Two arrests were for cocaine possession, while others involved misdemeanors and a felony warrant. Six homeless people were taken to shelters, according to police.