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F1 Impact On Police Resources

Updated: Friday, November 15 2013, 06:13 AM CST
Start your engines: F1 is here. Around 300,000 fans in town is a challenge for any police department, but that's on top of the 100,000 fans already gathering for the UT home game. That's meant unique planning for APD.

This weekend, more crowds means more police in downtown Austin, with APD reassigning officers to handle traffic and safety and officers watching dozens of cameras from the command post.

"It shouldn't impact any response times with the exception of just the extra traffic like you would see during rush hour," said Cmdr. William Manno of Austin Police Department. "But patrol is not being impacted. We are not reducing any of the patrol shifts. In fact some of the patrol shifts have limited the amount of vacation they're allowing anticipating the extra calls for service the extra traffic issues."

But with the UT game here Saturday, one of the biggest challenges, some of the officers are pulling double duty, managing traffic for both race fans and Longhorn fans. But there's one new factor they say is actually helping them.

"We didn't know what the kickoff time was gonna be until last week, and with the 2:30 pm kickoff I think it's gonna work out really well cause with the peak time of the shuttle operations, that should be kind of in between those peak times," said Cmdr. Manno.

Cmdr. Manno says Circuit of the Americas will pay APd back for any overtime costs for downtown officers. One thing police say will also help this year: Congress Avenue, Guadalupe Street, and Lavaca Street will all stay open.
F1 Impact On Police Resources

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