Memphis Police beef up security at Mid-South Fair - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Blair Simmons

Memphis Police beef up security at Mid-South Fair

Memphis Police are stepping up Fair security this year by using special cameras to check things out big brother style.

Not only do they have about 30 officers on foot, they're using five Sky Cop cameras at different places around the Fairgrounds to monitor what's going on.

The cameras can pan 360-degrees, and they're equipped with a DVR so everythingis caught on tape.

They can see who comes in the gates and do a better job of catching anybody who's causing trouble.

Police say the cameras help solve crimes but they're also hoping the they work as a deterrent.

"One of our goals is to make people come out, have a good time, feel safe, that's our main goal, to get people to come have a good time and have a safe time," says Major Jim Kelly.

In past years, police have dealt with gang activity at the fair. Official are optimistic they won't have any gang problems this year.

This is just the second day of the Fair. So far it's been incident free and police are working to make sure it stays that way.

The Mid-South Fair officially opened Friday and it runs from now through Sunday, September 30th.

Gates at the fairgrounds open each day at 10:00 a.m. and stay open until 10:00 p.m.

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