NEW BEDFORD (WBSM)—Since the beginning of May, New Bedford Police have made 14 arrests in the downtown area in response to disorderly behaviors.

Based on multiple complaints, 14 arrests have been made in the area of the Serta Bus Terminal, Mechanics Lane, and Main Library.

These arrests were made for a variety of offenses, including unarmed robbery, warrants, open containers of alcohol, possession of crack cocaine and disorderly conduct, to name a few.

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Several arrests were made as officers observed individuals loitering in the area and drinking alcohol on the sidewalks.

According to police, two men were also arrested after officers allegedly observed them smoking crack cocaine on Mechanic’s Lane. Some were individuals who were found to have active warrants for their arrest.

“Our city’s downtown district is important to us, and when people are actively drinking, openly using drugs, and being overall disorderly in the area, we are compelled to act.  I’m grateful for the efforts being put forth in the downtown area by our officers," Chief Paul Oliveira said.

Police said the department has a strong outreach program in place. It also works closely with numerous community partners to ensure that ample resources are provided to those struggling with addiction, alcoholism, mental illness, and homelessness.  Police said arrests are a last resort.

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