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Apr 4, 2014 1:17 PM by Brian White

TPD sending officers to Final Four cities to study crowd control

Four officers with the Tucson Police Department have been sent to the cities whose teams are playing in the Final Four.

The commanders were sent to Wisconsin, Connecticut, Kentucky and Florida so they can study crowd control techniques with other public safety agencies, a source with TPD says.

Each commander will be in Mansfield, Madison, Lexington and Gainsville to watch how officers handle the crowds following Saturday's Final Four game.

There were no major issues for Madison police when 10,000 fans poured onto State Street after the Badgers beat the Arizona Wildcats last Saturday to advance to the Final Four. Back in Tucson, Wildcat fans clashed with police in riot gear who dispersed the rowdy crowd with pepper spray.

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