Tulsa County Sheriff's Office will be keeping a close eye on fairgoers

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 9/26/2013 9:06 am Published: 9/25/2013 9:43 pm

Keeping thousands of people safe at the fair each year is a huge job that rests largely on the shoulders of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies tell FOX23 they are ready on the ground, in the air and even on horseback if something were to go wrong.

"All we have to do is get on the radio and call in the horses and you get half a dozen horses come clickity-clocking down the Midway, and then you're going to disperse a lot of people very quickly," says Major Shannon Clark.

You will also see members of the Sheriff's Office zooming around on golf carts, and they will also be keeping a watchful eye from the air.

Extendable towers used by the Sheriff's Office can raise 25 feet in the air, and they also have high-definition cameras keeping a close eye on everyone.

With deputies elevated over the crowds, they can use those cameras to zoom a quarter-mile away.

The Sheriff's Office will be doing compliance checks and will even be sending underage people in to purchase alcohol to make sure vendors are following the law.

"The fair last year was one of the safest on record, and we believe that Tulsa County has the safest fair in all of the country," says Clark.

That's music to one mom's ears. She tells FOX23 that she plans on taking her daughter this year, and she feels much better knowing that so many members of law enforcement will be watching out for her safety.

"There are all kinds of people who come out to the fair, and people who come from different places and I think it's great that they are going to have eyes everywhere," says Heather Pionke.

If you are headed out to the fair this year and you notice a problem of any kind, you can come by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office trailer located at the southeast end of the Midway.

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Unwashed Mass - 9/26/2013 12:39 PM
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There were multiple videos of the MLK parade trampling, and at least one clearly shows a family with children knocked to the ground when they were charged by deputies horses. Good luck trying to find anything on this website, though.

TheOne - 9/26/2013 6:40 AM
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I saw the vid of the MLK parade. No one was "trampled". They use the horses to disperse a crowd. You see a 1200 pound animal coming at you, logic dictates that you MOVE! People were brushed aside, when they didn't comply.

Unwashed Mass - 9/25/2013 11:05 PM
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The deputies can run over you with their horses in a heartbeat. Fox23 did a story on them trampling spectators at a Martin Luther King Day Parade, and even with video of it, TCSO denies it ever happened.
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