IOWA CITY (AP)--Some bars in downtown Iowa City are picking up the tab for more police patrols on the weekends.
Six downtown bars are paying for two officers on Friday and Saturday nights in response to growing public safety concerns, particularly with late-night fights, in the popular entertainment district along a pedestrian mall near the University of Iowa campus.
The arrangement started about a month ago at the urging of Union Bar owner Marty Maynes. He says it seems to be working, with fewer people coming to the area looking to create problems.
The officers patrol from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Friday and Saturday. They are in addition to officers regularly assigned to the pedestrian mall.
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