It’s one of the biggest challenges facing the Fresno Police Department every year. Securing the Big Fresno Fair. Tonight we’re learning how new technology and boots on the ground will be key in keeping the fair safe again this year. For the next several days it will be like adding another policing district to the City of Fresno. That’s how many resources will be working in and around the fair to keep it safe. This is something officers have been planning for since the fair ended last year.
In 2017 the Big Fresno Fair set records for attendance and even more people could be coming through the gates this year.
“It’s always our goal to hit our last year’s numbers. We had over 600,000 last year, so that’s always where we want to be,” said Lauri King, one of the Big Fresno Fair leaders.
The Fresno Police Department takes pride in securing this large annual event and this year dozens of state of the art surveillance cameras will help officers who are watching everything that happens.
“What’s awesome about that too is we now have the ability to rewind and record it. So if we have something occur we have the ability to have these guys come in here and click and rewind the camera and get a description. It really does help. The technology,” said Lt. Richard Tucker of the Fresno Police Department.
Fair organizers more than doubled the number of surveillance cameras on the fairgrounds and will keep curfew rules in place for Friday and Saturday nights. Anyone under 18 after 7pm must be with an adult.
With all of these police resources, officers want fair goers to speak up.
“There’s a lot of eyes and ears out there. We’re asking you to pay attention. If you see something that just doesn’t seem right there are plenty of cops out there to report it to. We just want the assistance of the public with their eyes and ears,” said Lt. Tucker.
In addition to the officers on the fairgrounds teams of motorcycle officers are working areas outside the fair including parking areas. The goal is to prevent anyone from breaking into cars.