The world's top two golfers are set to take their practice swings today at the golf club at Dove Mountain, and that means extra security.
Visitors will see Marana Police officers on the roads leading in and all around the Accenture Match Play Championship. Anywhere from a handful to a dozen Marana Police Officers will be out here at any one time this weekend.
Now that the big names are in town, they've got new jobs too. One officer is assigned to each of the top six golfers in the Championship, providing extra security, in uniform, assisting the PGA guards.
Any overtime these officers get is paid for by the PGA. Other officers will be doing security in and around the golf club; still others will work traffic, to keep cars moving in and out of the parking lots quickly and safely.
Marana Police have been putting this schedule together since November 2012. They had to get creative, to make sure at least the minimum amount of officers are still patrolling the streets, while fulfilling all the duties at the golf club, too.
All this security does stretch some of the officer resources pretty thin, but a sergeant told Tucson News Now, "The way we look at it, it helps Pima County, the Tucson area. It's a good event to have and we want to put our best foot forward."
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