Portland bars to text other bars, police to warn of rowdy patrons

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s largest city is borrowing an idea from Las Vegas to clamp down on rowdiness at it Old Port bars: texting.

The Portland Press Herald says nearly half of the bars in the city’s Old Port have embraced police Chief James Craig’s plan, and some owners say most of the bars will eventually join in.

Bartenders or bouncers who encounter unruly patrons send a text message to other participating bars and police on patrol in the district. Participants can also transmit photos. There’s also a designated phone number for all participants to use.

Craig says he’s not aware of any other city in the country that’s taken a similar approach to alcohol-related problems. He says the idea is borrowed from Las Vegas, where casinos share information about professional gamblers.

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