KC hopes All-Star police performance is stellar

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By BILL DRAPER, Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police believe their performance at the Major League Baseball All-Star game will prove they're as capable as other big-city forces of handling high-profile events.

It's the first time in nearly 40 years the city has hosted the Midsummer Classic, and Kansas City officials are hoping the public safety on display opens the door for other, bigger events in the future.

Police spokesman Maj. Rich Lockhart says security will be tight at Kauffman Stadium and ball fields across town where related activities are being conducted.

Unlike previous All-Star Game cities where events were kept in a fairly concentrated area, Kansas City's activities are spread across a broad swath of town. Lockhart says that has posed some logistical challenges, but nothing his department can't handle.

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