Operation Christmas Presence kicks off

November 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
When you begin your holiday shopping later this week local law enforcement will be watching out for you, but you may not notice.

On Monday, the Fresno Police Department, Sheriff's Office and Highway Patrol announced the launch of Operation Christmas Presence.

Every year during the holidays, uniformed and undercover officers will increase patrols at popular shopping areas, including parking lots, to make sure shoppers are safe during the busy holiday season.

Combined teams of law enforcement officers will be concentrating on area shopping centers.

This is the sixteenth year of Operation Christmas Presence. It runs from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve.