KOMU 8 News goes on Fourth of July patrol with Columbia Police

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COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 News went on patrol with Columbia Police Saturday night and learned one officer is working extra hard to do more than enforce the law.

CPD patrol officer Brian Festog said he works hard to keep up with community relations, even on busy holidays.

"It's still important," Festog said. "I think with all the negative things that are going on with police officers and stuff, I think it's important to have a positive influence in the community and try to be seen as a positive thing and not necessarily just there for enforcement and just there for disciplinary reasons but to be there as a human too and as a person they can talk to and be cool with. So I try to do that."

This was Festog's first Fourth of July to respond to calls.

"I'm sure there's lots of other things I'd rather do than still work, but being a police officer you sometimes get holidays off sometimes you don't," he said.

Festog said he had a couple of things in mind that he would do if he didn't have to work the holiday.

"I probably would have gone to the lake since I've never done that before," he said.

CPD had fireworks units working downtown Friday night, but Festog said if there were fireworks set off elsewhere he would take the call.

"If we see fireworks or anything we're supposed to stop that," Festog said. "We get plenty of those calls."

But Festog said although working holiday isn't ideal, he understands what his job requires.

"You just gotta take the good with the bad," he said. "I don't mind it. It's not too bad."