Metal detectors used for the first time at State Fair

Posted at 5:20 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 21:58:17-04

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin State Fair organizers say additional security measures this year will ensure fun at the annual event isn't disrupted by lawbreakers.

The fair opens for its 165th year on Thursday in suburban West Allis. Interim CEO Kathleen O'Leary says for the first time, fairgoers will pass through metal detectors at all seven public admission gates. O'Leary says safety at the fair is first and foremost.

She says hundreds of surveillance cameras inside and outside State Fair Park will be monitored. WITI-TV reports 110 sworn police officers and 550 public safety officers will staff the fair's 11-day run.

O'Leary says a police command post staffed by Milwaukee officers and State Fair police will operate 24/7 during the fair.