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This particular gathering was at Gon- zalas Gardens off Forest Drive, but are normally held at police headquarters on ]ustice Square. "It's a great way to analyze crime and compare notes in order to get a big picture of what's going on," said Police Chief Tandy Carter. "We find it to be very helpful." The meeting is filled with some interesting and some- mundane reports from represen- tatives of each patrol region in the city- metro, south, west, and north - as well as an analysis of what is being done to deal with spikes in particular crimes dur- ing two weeks between meet- ings. For example, Metro region Capt. Scott Desrochers, explained that in order to help fulfill his region's stated goal to cut crime by 50 percent, he is putting a bike patrol on the streets where officers will travel "from the zoo to the university to Two Notch Road" to help raise poli6e presence in areas that have been hit recently by resi- dential burglp_ries. Carter also asked Derochers to set up a meeting with the owners of Club Level, a nightclub that the captain said "seems to have some sort of fight every time they close and put people out on the street." "We need to meet with management and have a discus- sion about what is going on in their club," Carter said. And there was this report from West Region Capt. M.E. Johnson: a woman allegedly attempting to shoplift a pair of high heels from an area Belk Store got into a "physical encounter" with two of the store's loss prevention special- ists. "She put one of the shoes in her purse and then stuffed the rest of the shoes down her shirt," Johnson said. "In the confronta- tion (with the loss-prevention specialists) there were some clothes thrown, a physical encounter, and she is now in jail." Other reports included: the south region's crowd- control strategies for Thursday night's University of South Car- olina-Old Miss football game. "Thursday is a big event and will be quite a challenging day," Carter said. "We want to have as many people as we can out of their, cars and very visi- ble." a success story regarding the surveillance cameras recent- ly installed in Five Points, which help lead to the arrest of a man who allegedly broke into several commercial establishments in that corridor. an analysis of a three-month special operation in the Bethel Bishop and Colony Apartments, which netted 47 arrests and the confiscation of dozens of firearms. The meetings are open to the public. Which advertising medium is your best future investment? + One that is active and creative + One that is interested in establishing a long-term, business partnership with you + One that allows you to change your ad more frequently than once every 15 months We don't mean to imply that advertisers should entirely eliminate 'Yellow Pages' advertising from their media plans. 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