Police Say Security Will Be Tight At Bike Race

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

An estimated 75,000 people are expected to converge around the Capitol building. Sergeant Marc Coopwood says officers have been preparing security measures for the past three months.

“It’s pretty much an all hands on affair for our metro division. So we’ll have probably about 120 officers working as well as using about 200 volunteers to assist us. We feel confident that we’re going to have a real successful event for the community."

Coopwood says officers know what to expect since the race has been in Sacramento for the past three years. But he acknowledges the crowds will be a lot bigger this year. That’s because the race kicks-off in Sacramento for the first time…plus cycling superstars like Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis will be competing.

The race starts Saturday at 1 PM. It'll shut down several downtown streets and Regional Transit will be stopping service on a bus line.