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Pima County Fair security preps for two-week event

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Pima County Sheriff's Office says fair security will be enhanced this year, but that decision was made long before yesterday's attack in Boston.

As county fair worker's prepare for opening day, we're told security plans are in place and so are plans to deal with an emergency.

The county has had an emergency plan for years.

The sheriff's office says you'll see law enforcement and private security uniforms at the fair this year simply because of the big crowds expected at the two-week-long event.

But law officers say security is everyone's responsibility. If you see something suspicious, report it. As deputies say: if you see something, say something.

"If you see somebody engaged in some type of surveillance behavior [or] something that just doesn't look right, asking a number of pointed questions about security procedures or trying to gain sensitive information that they really shouldn't be privy to," said PSCO Staff Services Commander Lt. Karl Woolridge. "Our biggest concern is people who are depositing packages, leaving backpacks, leaving items behind; something that could hide some type of device or weapon. That's something that a law enforcement officer would want to know about."

Lt. Woolridge says the biggest thing to emphasize is that deputies have had no information nor intelligence indicating anything out of the ordinary might happen at the fair.

He encourages people to go out and have a good time.

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