Focus on security at Diamond Cup

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Posted on August 30, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 31 at 8:26 AM

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- The Coeur d'Alene Diamond Cup is underway for the first time in 40 years, but back in the 60's it was shut down because things got too rowdy.

This year, many more are monitoring the event, including several law enforcement agencies as well as the event's private security and volunteers.

The Diamond Cup's mobile command center has a view over the entire event. Kootenai County has 15 deputies staffing the race on top of the Coeur d'Alene Police, Idaho State Police, and the private security guards.

The Kootenai County Sheriff said they have what is called "mobile booking" where if somebody gets in trouble, it makes it easier to process somebody on site.

Deputies said that everything went well on the first day--no arrests or fights.

"I feel very safe. I really expected a lot more but it is Friday, and I think a lot of people headed out of town for labor day," said Cris Kaminskas, a spectator.

Fire and rescue officials were also on hand for the festivities. And Sheriff's Office officials said they are also patrolling after when the partying begins after the actual race.

Law enforcement said they expect a busy holiday weekend. Planners expect about 50,000 people to attend.

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