Tuscaloosa Police preparing to ramp up Iron Bowl patrols

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) –Tuscaloosa Police say they are preparing for a busy gameday weekend at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

More than 100,000 fans are expected for the Iron Bowl, and police are planning to put plenty of officers on the street to keep everyone safe.

Teena Richardson, the spokesperson for Tuscaloosa Police, says when Alabama takes the field against the Auburn Tigers this Saturday, Police officers from five different agencies will be out in force.

“Basically all the local law enforcement agencies are working together as a joint effort to ensure the safety of all those who are attending the game as well as those who are tailgating at homes or around the stadium,” Richardson said.

Officers will be located inside Bryant-Denny stadium, on campus, and on patrol in different locations around Tuscaloosa. Police officers from TPD will work together with Northport PD, The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, ALEA and University Police.

All of these patrols are being done to make sure football fans enjoy the big game and stay safe.

“We try to get as many people as possible on the streets,” Richardson said. “We have a number of officers in uniform who are easy to be recognized, as well as plain clothes officers, and they are strategically placed in and around the stadium as well as throughout the city. The biggest thing is to make sure this game day experience is enjoyable for everybody.”

Due to safety concerns, Tuscaloosa Police would not give specific details where the officers will be stationed on campus during game day.

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