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Officers Patrolling Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo for Gang Members

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Law enforcement officers from across the Tri-Cities are patrolling for gang members at the Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo. Because of the strong officer presence, they find and arrest people with warrants and prevent fights or threats to fair goers.

Kennewick police say they consistently see gang members showing up at the fair and that's why they place so many officers at the event. Every year they lay down the law, removing criminals from the fair and stopping fights before they start.

"Special events we have, 4th of July, Water Follies, we don't seem to get the attraction of the criminal gang element. But for whatever reason those neon lights of the carnival seem to draw them like bugs to a bug zapper. We know it's going to happen. We know they're going to show up there," said Kennewick Police Sgt. Ken Lattin.

Lattin says last year gang members attempted to start a fight in a nearby park but officers broke it up. Now they have additional officers monitoring the surrounding areas.

Lattin wants to reassure people the fair is very safe to attend because of the increased security