Officials provide update on Final Four security efforts

March 28, 2019 05:41 PM

Four days of festivities surrounding the NCAA men's basketball Final Four get underway on April 5.

The games themselves are scheduled for April 6 and 8 at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.


And Thursday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson and Shane Zahn, the Director of Safety Initiative for the Downtown Improvement District, provided an update on efforts to ensure the safety of those attending the games and other events.

At least 30 law enforcement agencies from around the region will take part in security. And while there will be fewer sworn officers working than there were at the Super Bowl in 2018, several thousand people will be on the ground devoted to security.

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Frey and the others said they feel confident in the partnerships and coordination efforts that have been put in place.

But they asked for help from the public as well, stressing a familiar phrase: "If you see something, say something."

"We are encouraging our community members that if they should see something suspicious, to say something," Arradondo said. "And certainly call 911. We want our residents, our tourists, our visitors…we want them to be a force multiplier when it comes to the safety of our city." 

In all, officials expect 92,000 out-of-town visitors for the event.


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