Texas Cops Do “Tourism Policing” Training Before Super Bowl


Football’s Super Bowl comes to Dallas on Feb. 6. Local police officers already are undergoing “tourism policing,” a collaborative effort involving police, motel, and hotel owners, and the convention and visitors bureau, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Every officer that works in the entertainment district must first do online tourism policing training,” said Arlington, Tx., official Trey Yelverton. Fort Worth police will have more foot patrols during Super Bowl week. People should feel safe walking even late at night, police said. The goal is to find a balance between a police presence and police state.

In Fort Worth, they can watch SportsCenter live and carry an open container of alcohol in public. Capt. Charlie Cloud of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said that is not a license for drunk and disorderly behavior. State laws and local ordinances are not being relaxed to accommodate Super Bowl business. “Public safety issues will be dealt with and a breach of the peace will be investigated,” Cloud said. “But we have to use common sense and discretion. That’s the reality. The bottom line is that if we put every violator in jail, there would be no one on the street.”

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