Security preparations at the NYS Fair

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR) We are just two weeks away from the New York State Fair and there is a lot of work being done at the fairgrounds to prepare and security is at the top of mind for many.

This year, like any other, the State Fair is looking to adapt its security response-learning from events throughout the year. 

As always, there will be hundreds of New York State troopers standing watch: One about every 50 feet, along with the 1,500 employees of the fair.

Bags checks at security will still be going on when you come in, as well.

Fair Director Troy Waffner says there is a lot that fairgoers don’t see that’s working to keep them safe.

“What people don’t realize is that security here is an ongoing subject all year round. We plan for the fair as well as our non-fair events and how we handle them. During the fair, we have over 250 troopers strong. They bring out there SERT team, SWAT Team and K-9 units. We do bag checks on the way in,” said Troy Waffner, Director of the New York State Fair.

The emergency operations center at the fair always has members of the Department of Transportation, local and state law enforcement, as well as Homeland Security on the grounds keeping an eye on activity. State Police also monitor social media activity during the fair.

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