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Security, Police Presence Beefed Up for All-Star Game Events

Updated: 07/14/2014 3:15 PM
Created: 07/14/2014 11:19 AM KSTP.com
By: Kate Renner

It's not just baseball fans out on the town; there will be a lot more police officers and security officers patrolling Minneapolis streets over the next two days.

They'll be using the assistance of remote video cameras, which are set up all over town. The video will be fed back to the command center so law enforcement can watch what's happening in real time.

There is a fusion service set up by the Downtown Security Executive Group to help coordinate efforts of all 20 law enforcement agencies working the beat and connecting the surveillance cameras of local businesses and security agencies.

There are also additional K-9 officers roaming the streets.

"We have them on bicycles, we have them on horseback, we have them on foot, we have them on Segways and we have them on carts, so we have every means of patrol available," Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder said.

Minneapolis police say they want their presence to be known to deter any criminal activity.

"We want to over protect, not over-police - meaning we want people to see us here. We want people to feel safe and know that they're OK and are going to be able to have a great time here at these events," Elder said.

So far, Minneapolis police say there haven't been any major incidents connected to the All-Star events. They've only cracked down on a couple instances of selling fake tickets and knock-off merchandise.


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