Though the Seahawks won’t be playing at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, Seattle police will hit the streets with
staffing levels to rival the biggest of home games.
Patrol officers will be concentrated in the areas with high concentrations of bars and taverns, including Belltown, Ballard, Pioneer Square, Fremont, Capitol Hill, “The Ave” in the University District and the West Seattle Junction.
They’ll also be on the lookout for wild house parties and keeping an eye on other large viewing parties, said Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey.
While police declined to say exactly how many officers would be on the street, department spokesman Mark Jamieson said it would similar to the numbers on hand for the NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field on Jan. 19.
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“The public is going to see more officers on the streets,” Jamieson said. “We have looked at how other cities who have participated in Super Bowl or the World Series and have taken all of that under advisement to come up with our plan.”
Bailey also warned against drinking and driving.
“Be safe. Do not get in your car after you’ve celebrated too much,” Bailey said.
There will be patrol officers, gang-unit detectives, undercover officers, members of the department’s Mounted Patrol Unit, DUI officers and bike squads on the streets, police said.
“When the Seahawks win there is a chance people will be very happy and come out into the streets. We want fans to enjoy the game, but celebrate responsibly,” Jamieson said.
Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @SeattleSullivan