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Finding criminals at the fair

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- This year's Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo wasn't just a place for some summer fun. It was also a place for law enforcement to track down people wanted for crimes.

Law enforcement has a strong presence at the fair, not only to keep fair goers safe, but also to hold people accountable that have warrants out for their arrest. Over the five days of the fair, officers arrested ten people wanted on warrants.

Benton County's gang enforcement team, Pasco Police gang detectives, Kennewick Police officers and Juvenile Justice Center probation counselors were all on the lookout for people with warrants.

Every year they catch people, especially young people at the carnival. Uniformed and plain clothes officers knew who they were looking for and successfully took them in.

"Gangsters and people with warrants seem to be attracted to the neon lights of the carnival because they kept showing up every night. Those that were recognized as having warrants were taken in so they can be held accountable," says Sgt. Ken Lattin of the Kennewick Police Department.

Around twenty gang detectives were at the fair each night to keep an eye on gang members and to prevent any rival gangs from starting a fight. Those same detectives spotted gang members with warrants and arrested them. There has never been a gang issue at the fair before and officers attribute that to their preparations and their strong presence at the fair.