SPOKANE, Wash.--Spokane police said there would be beefed up security for Hoopfest 2014.
There were set to be 100 officers swarming Hoopfest. Police said that did not mean that criminals should feel free to terrorize the rest of the city.
“This would not be a good weekend to get into trouble,” said Sergeant JD Anderson with the Spokane Police Department.
Officials said officers would be all around Spokane on high alert.
“The rest of the city is fully staffed, we restrict vacations so the whole city has police coverage in case something were to happen,” said Anderson.
The department was put to the test in 2013 during Hoopfest weekend. A car bombing in North Spokane required multiple law enforcement officials.
“For the initial response to that, we used our on duty patrol officers for that. We did take some of our explosives unit crew from Hoopfest to send them up there, but we still have more than enough people to maintain coverage at Hoopfest,” said Anderson.
Anderson said nothing changed for 2014.
“We actually probably have more people working the regular streets than we would on a typical day.
We have plenty of resources to draw from,” said Anderson.
Spokane police officials said they were ready for anything. They were anticipating a smooth ride.
“I expect this year to be another good successful year,” said Anderson.