Police patrol as ambassadors at All-Star events

Published 10:19 am Monday, July 14, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police monitor more than 200 public safety cameras from a command center near Target Field where Tuesday’s All-Star Game will be held.

With the All-Star festivities well under way, the police force also has a strong presence on the crowded streets in downtown Minneapolis. Police spokesman John Elder says “it’s customer service stuff — being visible, being present, being ambassadors” to the city.

Police Cmdr. Scott Gerlichersaid there haven’t been any major incidents, just some intoxicated fans and people trying to sell counterfeit merchandise.

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Elder says that in addition to Minneapolis and St. Paul police, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Secret Service, State Patrol, Homeland Security and others are helping with security.