Downtown visitors say they feel safer with police presencePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- The Pro Bowl was the official kickoff to Super Bowl week in the Valley.
Law enforcement has been preparing for three years to keep everyone safe.
Both locals and out-of-towners said they've noticed the police presence, and they said it makes them feel even more comfortable to be walking around as they go to all of the events.
"A lot of presence of the police feels safe," said Rene Yoder, who was enjoying downtown Phoenix Sunday night.
Police aren't just watching downtown Phoenix and Glendale where numerous concerts and events are going on. They're watching all of the high-traffic areas this week.
"It adds a definite level of safety both for the public that's showing up from out of town and here regularly," said Josh Polonsky, who was walking downtown Sunday night. "The police around here are able to answer questions if you have, kind of guide people in the right direction."
"I think it's been great. You walk around and you really feel safe," said visitor Hali Levy-Krinzman. "There's a lot of security. There's people on every corner, but not in a menacing way. Not like, 'What's going on?' It's actually a really nice feeling because it feels so safe and you see a lot of families and a lot of people walking around and it's just a great vibe."
Crowds will also be watched and recorded 24-7 at a multiagency command center. It’s a security measure to make sure Super Bowl week goes smoothly.
"Which is good," said Evelyn Lara, a football fan. "We're doing the Super Bowl, so we don't have any problem with that."
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