Jan 27, 2014 8:19 PM by Lupita Murillo
TUCSON- The Gem show kicks into full gear next week, but already Tucson Police has beefed up their presence downtown.
Assistant Chief John Leavitt says, "We do our best to make sure that everybody knows the area around the Gem Show is absolutely safe to keep people from trying to do anything."
TPD's Gem show deployment has already started to shine. Squads from other areas of Tucson have been assigned to the downtown area . A patrol officer was checking license plates when he came across a maroon SUV with a suspended license and insurance. Leavitt adds, "We've really increased the staffing in the area of the shows and the presence is really everywhere."
These are proactive measures vendors are thankful for. Robson Venterini is from Brazil. "I am very comfortable very secure. I have never had a problem here in Tucson."
It's not just the vendors from other countries who are saying this. Walter Martinez is from Tucson and works at the River Park Inn. TPD's Mobile Command Post is across the street, reassuring the public of their safety. "We've got the best security here in this hotel, and never had problems. I've been working here 9 years."
According to officials, it's estimated 55,000 people will fly into Tucson over the next two weeks and another 30,000 will drive.
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