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Butte Police Increasing Patrols for St. Patrick's Day

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Butte-Silver Bow County Police will utilize its entire force this weekend and on Monday for the Saint Patrick's Day celebration.

Undersheriff George Skuletich says all 28 officers will be working this weekend.

Friday through Sunday, extra patrols will be working and searching for folks driving under the influence.

On Saint Patrick's Day, the officers will be patrolling starting in the afternoon and going until three or four in the morning.

With the holiday landing on a Monday, police say they're not exactly sure what to expect.

"It all depends on the weather," Skuletich said. "I think we have a couple of colleges on their spring breaks so that will play into it a little bit. I think it will be extended over the three days, but I don't know if we'll get the crowds we normally do, having it be on a Monday."

The police will also utilize foot patrols, looking specifically for underage drinkers.

The Montana Highway Patrol will also be helping out.

Skuletich says they will also be enforcing the new open container law that bans public drinking after 2 a.m.

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