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KCPD chief details security plan for Super Bowl Sunday

Smith discourages celebratory gunfire
Posted at 6:10 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 22:14:33-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department is bringing in additional officers Sunday night for Super Bowl LIV, Chief Rick Smith announced Friday.

The chief outlined the department's planned resources in his most recent blog post.

"We’re experiencing an incredible moment here in Kansas City, and your police department has been working hard to ensure everyone can have a great time watching the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV," Smith wrote.

Smith said KCPD will be fully staffed Sunday evening, with an additional 100 officers from other units assisting.

The extra officers will "will keep an eye on the city’s entertainment districts, but their assignment is to remain fluid and assist wherever needed," Smith said.

Smith said all entertainment districts in Kansas City had shared their security plans with KCPD, many of which included off-duty KCPD officers working security.

More people will be posted in dispatch centers to handle calls related to game celebrations as well.

Smith discouraged celebratory gunfire, and told residents to call police "if you see something that looks like it's starting to get out of control" to prevent it from growing "into something really bad."

"We all have seen things go wrong in other cities that were supposed to be celebrating a championship, and no one wants that here, especially not celebratory gunfire," Smith wrote.