Tampa officials talk about College Football Playoff National Championship security

Tampa officials talk about College Football Playoff National Championship security

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THE FESTIVITIES FOR THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ARE WELL UNDERWAY. YOU CAN HEAR IT OUTSIDE HERE. YOU EXPECT SOME INCREASED SECURITY AT ALL THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AND THE GAME ITSELF, BUT THAT WAS ALWAYS THE PLAN HERE, NOT REALLY DIRECTLY RELATED TO WHAT HAPPENED IN FT. LAUDERDALE TODAY. CHIP OSOWSKI IS JOINING US LIVE FROM CURTIS HIXON PARK WHERE TONIGHT’S CONCERT JUST WRAPPED UP, WHAT A FINALE. WE COULD HEAR THIS ALL THE WAY AT THE TAKES, FIREWORKS GOING OFF AND THIS IS JUST — STATION, FIREWORKS GOING OFF AND THIS IS JUST THE FIRST NIGHT OF. THIS. Reporter: YES. NO ISSUES FOR TAMPA POLICE OFFICERS. I CAUGHT UP WITH THE MAYOR AND HE SAID SHOULD THERE BE ANY ISSUES WITH THIS EVENT, TAMPA POLICE ARE READY AND THEY WILL BE OUT IN FORCE. VISIBILITY IS JUST ONE ASPECT OF THE SECURITY PLAN IN TAMPA. OFFICERS ON EVERY STREET CORNER SURROUNDING THE VENUES AND MILLING ABOUT THE CROWD. TAMPA MAYOR BOB BUCKHORN BELIEVES EVERYONE WILL HAVE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE. WE’VE BEEN TRAINING FOR A YEAR FOR THIS. WE’VE GOT A LOT OF EXPERIENCE BASED ON THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION AND FOUR SUPER BOWLS AND THE BOLLYWOOD AWARDS. SO WE KNOW HOW TO DO THIS. Reporter: WHAT YOU DON’T SEE IS ALSO PART OF THE PLAN. UNDERCOVER OFFICERS ARE ALSO OUT IN FORCE AND THAT’S NOT ALL. I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU EVERYTHING WE HAVE IN PLACE BECAUSE IT’S KIND OF DEFEATING THE PURPOSE, BUT WE’RE AS SAFE AS WE’RE GOING TO BE. Reporter: THE CITY HAS ACTIVATED THE FLASH ROOM, FIRE LIFE. SAFETY AND HAZMAT AND TAMPA’S EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER IS IN FULL ACTIVATION. THEY’RE LOOKING AT TRAFFIC CONDITIONS. THEY’RE LOOKING AT THE POPULATION THAT’S INCOMING FROM THE OTHER STATES AND MOSTLY JUST KEEPING AN EYE ON THE TOTAL EVENT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING IS GOING SMOOTHLY. [ FIREWORKS ] Reporter: AS WE ARE ONCE AGAIN IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT, EVERYONE HERE WANTS TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING GOES OFF WITHOUT A HITCH. FANS TELL US THEY DON’T ANTICIPATE ANY TROUBLE IN TAMPA. AFTER SEEING THE POLICE OFFICERS IN THE HELMETS AND THE VESTS, YES. I WASN’T REALLY THINKING ABOUT IT UP UNTIL NOW. BECAUSE WE HAVE ALL THESE POLICEMEN OUT HERE I THINK IT WOULD BE RATHER DUMB TO TRY ANYTHING. Reporter: THE MAYOR IS ASKING THE PUBLIC TO TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN SAFETY ASKING CITIZENS AND VISITORS IF THEY SEE ANYTHING THAT DOESN’T LOOK RIGHT OR SEE SOMEONE NOT ACTING RIGHT TO IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THE NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. BIG POLICE PRESENCE IN A BEAUTIFUL VENUE TONIGHT WITH THE CONCERTS AND A GREAT WEEKEND AHEAD. THANK YOU, CHIP OSOWSKI, LIVE IN TAMPA. ALSO A REMINDER FOR DETAILS ON

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