Follow CBSDFW.COM: Facebook | Twitter
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The State Fair of Texas opens in just three days. Today a meeting between Dallas police, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), and fair officials outlined the safety and emergency procedures for this year’s fair.
Officials with the Dallas Police Department wouldn’t give specifics on how many officers are assigned to provide safety at the fair, but in light of the recent attacks at shopping malls and other public places across the country officials say they’re paying attention.
DPD Deputy Chief William Humphrey said, “The awareness factor… we just have to be aware of what’s going on, both in and around the events of Dallas and in the country.”
At the meeting, fair spokesperson Karissa Condoianis said representatives from DPD, “Just spoke briefly about the high-level measures that the officers take to prepare for the fair. And to just to let everybody know that this is a safe place, [and to] come out and enjoy the fair.”
Officers with DPD will be stationed all round the fairgrounds — on foot, horseback, motorcycles, and in a helicopter and Condoianis said it’s important to speak up if you see any activity that doesn’t sit right. “We have officers all throughout the grounds, so grab one of them and let them know what you saw,” she said. “Try to get as many details as possible and share those with the officer. The more eyes we having seeing things the better.”
The topic of safety among families and what to do should anyone become separated was also discussed. Condoianis had some helpful tips – like meeting at a specific spot and taking pictures of kids the minute you arrive at the fairgrounds.“Because sometimes it’s hard to remember exactly what your child is wearing, whenever you’re in a high-stress situation. So you have that picture to refer to if you get separated.”
Besides general safety, fair officials also discussed safety on the midway rides and the ride safety standards that the fair upholds.
An estimated two million people attended the fair last year and the crowd is expected to be bigger this year.
The State Fair of Texas opens September 30 and runs through October 23.
(©2016 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)