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Columbia police prepare for post-game crowd

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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 9:58 am | Updated: 3:24 pm, Fri Dec 21, 2012.

Columbia police are preparing for the big crowds expected after the Georgia-South Carolina football game Saturday night.

Police officials said Tuesday they will spend more than $11,000 in overtime for 50 officers who will be assigned to Columbia's Five Points and Vista areas to work after the game.

Officials say campus police, Richland County sheriff's deputies, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and Fort Jackson's military police will help with crowd control after the game.

Assistant Police Chief Les Wiser says the plan includes barricades, DUI checkpoints and observation towers to keep the crowd under control.

The increased police department comes after a shooting and two mob assaults within two hours in the Five Points area after the Missouri-South Carolina game on Sept. 23.

Wiser says regular patrols will continue.

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