Miami Beach Arrest Numbers Stay Low for Memorial Day Weekend

Arrest numbers continued to stay low in Miami Beach heading into the final day of the 2014 Memorial Day weekend.

As of Sunday night, police reported 191 arrests, with 41 of those felonies, officials said Monday. At the same time last year, 414 arrests had been made with 73 felonies.

Also known as Urban Beach Weekend, the annual festivities draw hundreds of thousands of revelers to Miami Beach for the party that started Thursday night.

On day 1, Miami Beach Police reported 27 arrests compared with 55 last year. On day 2, the numbers rose slightly with police reporting 56 total arrests compared to 86 last year. The offenses have included battery, DUI, and drugs. Just 47 arrests were made on day 3, compared to 106 in 2013.

For the first time, Miami Beach Police unleashed a brand new mobile command center. The center is strategically positioned at 5th and Ocean and police have eyes and ears everywhere. Barricades and new traffic routes went into effect to control crowds and officers on bikes, golf carts and motorcycles have been out in full force.

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