Protecting the nearly one million people expected at the Indiana State Fair

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By Eric Levy

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug 1, 2014) -- Making sure you're protected while at the Indiana State Fair is important.

Between the State Police, IMPD and the Fair's own security team, there are expecting this year to be problem free. 875,000 people are expected to come through the gates over the 17 days of the fair this year. So, there's a lot of effort that goes in to each making sure each one of you is safe.

"We do a lot of preparing, and that's of course everybody's goal to make sure that when our customers come out, they don't have to think about any of the safety procedures, we've got that all under control," said Andy Klotz, Spokesman for the Indiana State Fair.

Klotz one of the best things they have is a joint operations center, essentially it's everyone in one place.

"Where we combine all of the first responders and emergency personnel in one place so that we can communicate immediately and efficiently whenever something happens," Klotz said.

State police officers will be navigating State Fair midway, some in plain clothes, others in the highly visible uniforms. Each with safety in mind for the adults and the children.

"We have State Police officers, other municipal officers at the main gates, so when parents drop these kids off, they know where the law enforcement's gonna be when they enter, when they exit," said Sgt. Joe Watts with the Indiana State Police.

Police officers are also fanned out throughout all of the fairgrounds. Nobody is saying anything will happen, but it's important to protect yourself, as well.

"I think everyone knows that as long as you stay amongst the crowds, stay in the lighted areas, there's really not a potential for anything bad to happen," said Sgt. Watts.

The Indiana State Fair runs through August 17.

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