Utica, N.Y. - Utica Police are grateful that Sunday afternoon's protest at Oneida Square was a peaceful one, but they are not letting their guard down as they will continue to have a beefed up presence tonight.
Police could be seen everywhere Sunday afternoon, from the beginning of the march at Kemble Park on James Street, also during the march as you Deputy Chief Ed Noonan along with a patrol officer walked with the group in solidarity.
Finally, a full compliment of of officers were at the protest itself at Oneida Square.
Utica officers were joined by Oneida County sheriff's deputies as well as state troopers
Utica Police Spokesperson Michael Curley says police are hoping the night tonight, will be just as calm as the afternoon, "We really stand behind everything that's going on here, the message that's going on. We're really happy that it was such a peaceful protest and people got to speak about the items that concern them. Obviously we're a little concerned about this evening but we trust the people of Utica to do the right thing. If it's anything indication of how the protest went, I don't think we'll have any issues tonight. We are certainly on alert and we have increased patrols for this evening. We'll be patrolling the retail establishments and things of that nature, just based on the national trends of this nature, but again I don't think anything like that's going to happen here. We trust our people and we have some good people in the city of Utica."