The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department would like to release the following information concerning safety and security measures planned by the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department and Fairgrounds security for the 2011 Fair.
Our goal each year is to make the fair a family oriented event. Police Officers will have a zero tolerance attitude with persons intending to cause trouble inside and outside the fair.
Officers will again be enforcing the city curfew ordinance during the Fair. The curfew applies to children under the age of 18. The city curfew begins at 11pm Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. This means that after the curfew hour children under the age of 18 must be in the immediate company of a parent or guardian while on the Fairgrounds property. Any juvenile that is not in the company of an adult after the set curfew hours is subject to be ticketed for curfew violation.
All persons entering the Fairgrounds property are subject to be scanned by metal detectors. In addition to this, all bags are subject to be searched by Fairgrounds security, for weapons and contraband. Due to this it is strongly recommended that large bags and purses not be brought to the Fairgrounds. Consolidate belongings into small handbags if necessary.
* No sagging pants are allowed inside the Fairgrounds. Persons with sagging pants will not be allowed inside or will be escorted off the premises.
* No large groups of unsupervised teens will be allowed to run rampant or widespread. These groups, when unsupervised, tend to develop unruly behavior and cause panic among other fair goers.
* No concealed weapons are allowed and violators will be arrested.
It is suggested that all persons attending the Fair have their money and passes ready when they approach the gates. This will speed the process of parking vehicles and entering the Fairgrounds.
If children of any age are dropped off and left unattended, parents should ensure that the child has emergency instructions and parent contact information available. Make sure that an adult can be reached at all times while children are attending the Fair.
Arkansas Department of Community Correction & Parole will have agents monitoring the gates in conjunction with Police to minimize the potential of certain persons who intend to cause trouble.
Just a reminder, that when an individual is banned from the Fairgrounds, the banning remains on that person indefinitely. If that individual is later located on Fairgrounds property, they will be issued a citation or arrested for criminal trespassing. People who have been previously banned from the Fairgrounds and would like to receive consideration to have the banning removed may contact the Fair office at 903-773-2941.
These measures have been put in place to provide the safest environment possible for visitors to the Fair.
In order to deter theft, we urge all visitors to make sure that no purses or bags are left inside a parked vehicle. Visitors should also ensure that their vehicle doors are locked and valuables are secured in the trunk before entering the Fairgrounds. We also suggest that visitors take the extra time necessary to arrive early and park in the Main Lot nearest the Rodeo Arena. This parking lot will be patrolled by security and is well lit.
The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department hopes that everyone will have a safe time while at the Fair. Our officers will be on foot inside the Fairgrounds, so feel free to approach them with any questions or concerns.
Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.
Officer Kristi Mitchell
Public Information Officer