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Increased Security Measures For State Fair

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Big Tex is almost back. The State Fair of Texas returns to Dallas in just three days. But when you arrive at Fair Park this year, you will most likely notice an increased security presence. Officials held a news conference Tuesday to talk about the plan to keep visitors safe.

Hundreds of people were at Fair Park on Tuesday getting things ready for Friday’s opening day, and that includes members from the Dallas Police Department. An entire police force will be on hand, headed up by Deputy Chief Malika Aziz, commander of the operation for 24 days of the fair.

Aziz said that 3.5 million people are expected to attend the State Fair of Texas this year, but he did not disclose how many police officers are set to patrol the fairgrounds both inside and outside of the gates. “The State Fair is one of the safest places in the City of Dallas,” Aziz stated Tuesday. “We have ample officers, multiple security, and we believe we can rival any department in the United States.”

Major crimes inside of the fairgrounds were nonexistent last year, Aziz said.

The police official added, when you attend the State Fair of Texas this year, make sure that you smile. Authorities will be watching everyone through security cameras placed all over Fair Park.

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