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Spokane Police beef up security for Hoopfest

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Hoopfest security will work with local law enforcement. Hoopfest security will work with local law enforcement.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Downtown Spokane will overflow with basketball players, fans, and anyone looking to enjoy Hoopfest this weekend.

But with so many people crowding such a small area, Spokane Police are taking extra measures to make sure everyone stays safe.

“There’s people that are there to play and have a good time,” said Sgt. Jordan Ferguson. “And there’s people that are there to take advantage of those doing that.”

Ferguson says SPD can’t disclose specific security information, but says there will be additional officers, including some in casual clothing, in downtown Spokane.

Other area agencies including the Washington State Patrol, Spokane Fire Department, and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will also provide additional support.

In addition, Hoopfest security will work with local law enforcement.

Site Operations Manager, Jim Dibble, says he’s assembled a 26-person rapid response team.

“I think the world as changed,” said Dibble. “And we’re aware that we need to change as well.”

Dibble says there will also be dispatchers, medical crews, and crowd control personnel in the downtown area.

Police say car prowlers are a big concern during Hoopfest. So if you plan on parking downtown, you should not leave valuables in your vehicle. If you do have to leave something in you car, police say you should lock it in your trunk.

You are also encouraged to report any suspicious activity.

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