TPD officers, schools districts work together for safe game days - Tucson News Now

TPD officers, schools districts work together for safe game days

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

With high school football in full swing, thousands will head to games on Friday nights.

The Tucson Police Department said each division within department is aware of games that are happening. Some officers will drive through the area before and after games to keep an eye out for any problems.

Off duty officers are hired by school districts as well.

Phil Gruensfelder, athletic director at Salpointe Catholic High School said they hire four officers for every home game, in addition to all of the staff members helping to keep an eye out.

"We used them for security and for visibility, mostly. Their presence is more of a big deal than what they have to do but they're available for anything and everything," Gruensfelder said.

One of largest concerns of game day, is traffic, according to Gruensfelder.

With anywhere between 5,000 to 9,000 people in attendance at home games, Gruensfelder said parking and traffic leaving the game can get difficult.

Officers help direct traffic once the game is over.

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