It's called the Roanoke City Dance Hall Ordinance: It forces certain restaurants to hire extra security.

It's not an idea owners are fully dancing to yet, but it's getting better.

We wanted to know why Roanoke City Council and Police felt these new precautions were necessary.

The ordinance applies to the 10 or so night spots in Roanoke where 10 percent of the space inside is dedicated to dancing.

It's no secret that alcohol makes some people do strange things, but in a downtown that's growing in population and popularity, this is a proactive attempt to keep things under control.

"We certainly want to make the downtown area and beyond as safe as possible," Captain Sam Roman with the Roanoke Police Department says.

Roman says the relationship between it and business owners keeps getting better, but there's still room for growth when talking about this new dance hall ordinance.

"We do realize that we have to work together to achieve the common goal," Roman added.

In the past year, Police Chief Chris Perkins took the ordinance through city council, worked with several business owners, and came up with something he felt was equitable.

Most places were on board but some business owners raised concerns about a heavy police presence right outside during the weekend's peak hours.

After a series of compromises, the ordinance was amended, less security in and around these hot spots.

There's always been a heavier police presence downtown on Friday and Saturday nights.

Now it's more prevalent and organized between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.

"The number of police and the police presence will directly correlate and correspond with the amount of people in that particular place as well," Roman said.

Added police isn't the only change.  These restaurants now need at least two or three specially certified guards per 300 people.

The guards must have special training through the Department of Criminal Justice and must have access to a firearm.

Scott Howard owns Sidewinders.  He's been one of the biggest advocates of heightened security all along and had the certified officers even before the ordinance.

One caveat; all these so-called dance halls have to foot the bill for all this added security.

Howard will pay $30,000 a year for security alone under the ordinance, for some it could be more, some less.

"It really depends on the size of your establishment, it's really not affecting me because we started with this," Howard said.

According to police data, these businesses in the immediate downtown area were the source of over 400 police calls in the past year before the ordinance passed.

We wanted to break it down. This data is for calls for service only, meaning certain calls may not have been in response to criminal activity or associated directly with the businesses at these addresses.

And, to be fair, these places attract the largest number of people, which is why the ordinance targets dance halls as a whole.

From April 1, 2013 to April 1, 2014, there were 47 police responses to the address for Sidewinders.  50 to the address for Corned Beef and Company, 63 for Awful Arthur's and 165 at 202 Market.

With 202 Market having 100 more calls than the next highest, we wanted to investigate why police were called to that night spot.