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10/12/07

Campus Security Stepped Up For A&M Game

On November 3, 2001 it was a game that will go down in Texas Tech Football history as a 12-0 victory over Texas A&M. But fans at that game changed the way game security will be handled forever, after tearing down the goal post.

"We're going to be pretty busy," said Deputy Chief of The Texas Tech Police, Colonel Gordon Hoffman.

The Texas Tech police force has their work cut out for them.

"We are there to make sure that people enter safely, make sure they have a good time at the game and don't cause trouble or disturbances," said Hoffman.

So when the number of people on campus doubles, Tech Police have no choice but to increase their numbers.

"It's the additional folks we're bringing in to accommodate this large of a game. That increase will be substantial," Hoffman said.

Tech Police have added at least 75 extra security personnel for Saturday's game.

"We don't know what to expect so we have to make sure we have enough people to deal with it if something comes up," Hoffman added.

From parking and traffic flow to keeping the crowd safe in and outside the stadium, planning for Saturday started weeks ago with the hopes that the melee that occurred on November 3, 2001 never happens again.

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