South Dakota prepares security for world archery tournament
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota police chief says security will be handled differently for the 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships than a world youth championship held about three years ago.
The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center is preparing to host this year’s World Archery Indoor Championships next week in Yankton, where the 2015 World Archery Youth Championships were also held. The Yankton Police Department will manage security for the event.
Police Chief Brian Paulsen told the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan that the championships will require less oversight than the youth event. He said the department is scaling back on the number of officers stationed throughout the tournament.
“With the kids, we were doing random checks at night of the hotels and being on the lookout for anything occurring out of the ordinary,” said Paulsen. “We’ll do some of the same things, but not with near the regularity we did with the youth tournament a couple of years ago. With adults, we’ll let them experience more of the Yankton community as they want to within reason.”
He said the department also received cultural diversity training for the 2015 youth championships that they hope to apply to this year’s event.
“We want these visitors coming into our community to enjoy themselves and feel safe and secure at the same time,” Paulsen said.
The global tournament will be held Feb. 12-20.
Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net/