Law Enforcement Agencies Expected to Step up patrols through Thanksgiving holiday

(Jefferson County) Thanksgiving is coming up on Thursday and with many people expected to be off work during the latter half of the week, law enforcement agencies are preparing for what could be a busy travel time.

Festus Police Captain Doug Wendel says they typically don’t have too many problems on Thanksgiving itself; however, the night before can be problematic at times.

We asked Crystal City Police Captain Mike Pruneau if they see a lot of crimes occurring during the holiday.

Both Festus and Crystal City Police are expected to have extra patrol officers out through the holiday weekend.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol also announced they will have all hands on deck while conducting operation C.A.R.E. throughout Thanksgiving week and weekend.