Minneapolis Chief Harteau says cooperation is the key for the dozen or so agencies that will work from Friday to Tuesday night’s game at Target Field.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau gathered representatives from more than a dozen law enforcement agencies Tuesday to talk about planned cooperation for next week’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Related events will start Friday and culminate with the game Tuesday evening. Harteau didn’t provide any specific numbers of officers involved, but said agencies from all over the Twin Cities will help out during the events.
Nearby, several city staff members took group photos of police and sheriff’s representatives as well as their vehicles, which were lined up on the street outside the First Precinct at 19 N. 4th St.
“This is what happens in the state of Minnesota when you call on your brothers in blue, brown and white,” Harteau said.
The biggest All-Star events will be concentrated at Target Field and the Minneapolis Convention Center. Harteau stressed that there will be no gap in emergency responses for incidents in other parts of the city during the events.
The chief also said the event will be a good precursor to the 2018 Super Bowl.
The All-Star Game, however, has a different flavor than the National Football League Championship because it’s a family-friendly event, according to Assistant Chief Matt Clark.
Clark attended last year’s All-Star Game in New York City and has spoken to departments in other cities that played host to the game. “They’ve seen very little in terms of crime,” he said.
The officers wouldn’t talk about details — such as whether they will have snipers on rooftops — but did say they will have extra patrols on duty during downtown bar closing times.
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