Policy for youth safety is back at the Big Fresno Fair

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The "Youth policy" is back at the Fresno Fair after last year's success.

Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older after 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

"We saw a huge amount of families here, all together and it was such a drastic change from previous years. Our police department loved it, we loved it," said Stacy Rianda, deputy manager.

On Friday and Saturday, everyone gets a wristband at the gate.

If it comes off, you can get kicked out.

"Last year is when we really saw it turn the corner. From the last few days and especially being out here last night we are really starting to see those policies take effect," Lieutenant Richard Tucker of Fresno Police Department said.

More police officers are also patrolling the fair.

Linda Raney noticed the officers as soon as she got entered the fairgrounds. She said they make her feel safer, "Absolutely. See them walking around making sure everyone is having a good time. I know that the wristbands are in place and people do check those if people are drinking which I know can create a little bit of ruckus too."

To ensure they have eyes everywhere additional security cameras were also installed across the grounds.

"We have 63 cameras all over the grounds that the police can now monitor directly from their office here on grounds, which has been fantastic," Rianda said.

To keep everyone, safe police are also asking visitors to help.

"If you see something, or something doesn't feel right to you, there are officers all over the grounds, please say something to us," said Lieutenant Tucker.
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