“You have a better chance of being attacked by a grizzly bear and a black bear on the same day than having a problem out here,” said Sgt. Kevin Foster, who is assigned to Stock Show’s police substation during the event’s 24-day run. “Everyone out here is happy.”
In fact, Foster said, Fort Worth’s finest spend most of their day directing traffic, escorting the Moos Brothers (the Stock Show’s two mascots), and answering questions.
“Where’s the petting zoo, where’s the bathroom and where’s the exhibit hall?” Foster said, flashing a grin.
The substation, located in the west side of
Foster said people have been very honest this year, turning in wallets with money in them, expensive cameras, I-phones and pricey jewelry. Of course, there has also been a steady stream of stuffed animals, hats and gloves, he said.
But the oddest thing people lose, Foster said, are baby strollers.
He said rodeo patrons park their strollers in a secure spot near the police substation - similar to a coat check - and forget to pick them up when the rodeo is over.
“We have two or three strollers back there,” said Foster.
All in all, Foster said, it’s been a great year at the Stock Show for officers, who have arrested one person for being intoxicated, sent another drunk to the hospital and detained two juveniles for shoplifting.
“We’ve had a million people pass through here, so those are outstanding numbers,” he said.
- Melody McDonald