Dallas Police Prepare for State Fair

Steven Pickering
September 24, 2018 - 5:59 pm
State Fair

State Fair


Police in Dallas say they're ready for the start of the State Fair of Texas on Friday. They've been working with the Fair and several other law enforcement agencies on the security plan for the event.

"We're looking for a great time, a safe time," said Dallas Deputy Police Chief William Humphrey. "As you travel throughout the fairgrounds during your time here, you'll see officers walking on patrol, officers in the stands monitoring from above...you'll see officers on horseback, on bicycles," he said, "and there will be a large contingent of officers you won't see. The State Fair is a very, very safe place for those 24 days."

Officers have been planning and training with police from DART and the Dallas ISD to prepare problems that could happen during the Fair. "We've gone through table-top exercises and planning for scenarios for things that could happen so we are totally prepared for anything that's going to affect the State Fair of Texas operation," said DART Police Chief James Spillar.

The Fair will be bringing back some additional metal detectors that were deployed last year. "We've always had wanding at the gates," said Vice President of Public Relations Karissa Condoianis. "Last year the State Fair did invest in walk-through metal detectors throughout the grounds. We have invested in even more of those. It did seem to be a success last year."

The State Fair of Texas opens on Friday, September 28th. Officials are urging visitors to plan ahead by reviewing some of the information on the Fair's website