Police prepare tough offense for Super Bowl

January 26, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

As Carroll County residents prepare for perhaps the biggest Super Bowl parties of their lives, Maryland State Police are beefing up their ranks to ensure fans have fun responsibly.

While he wouldn't give specific numbers, Lt. Terry L. Katz, commander of the state police Westminster barracks, said two to three times as many troopers will be on the streets during and after the Super Bowl than on a normal Sunday night.

"We will add a shift - what we call a swing shift - that will be targeting drunk drivers specifically," Katz said.

Troopers will patrol back roads and major thoroughfares to nab suspected drunken drivers.

Katz said state police also will be prepared for domestic abuse incidents, which tend to spike after events such as the Super Bowl.

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