Brooklyn Park’s K-9 to Help at NCAA Final Four
Brooklyn Park police will play an important role in security during the NCAA Final Four. Officer Brandon Schmitt and his K-9 partner Niko will be on the lookout for bombs in downtown Minneapolis. Brooklyn Park is one of several local departments taking part in security detail. Golden Valley, Plymouth, and Crystal are others. An estimated 94,000 visitors are expected to take part in the festivities in Minneapolis and across the metro.
The Department of Public Safety is encouraging everyone to be safe. They offered the following tips.
Guidance for motorists:
Treat every corner as a crosswalk and stop for pedestrians crossing at all corners and crosswalks whether marked or unmarked — this is the law.
Drive at safe speeds and scan for pedestrians.
Pay attention — driver distraction is a leading cause of pedestrian/vehicle crashes.
Use extra caution when turning to look for pedestrians in blind spots.
Guidance for pedestrians:
Cross at a corner, a marked crosswalk or where a traffic light is present.
Pay attention, look both ways before crossing, and make eye contact with drivers before entering the road to ensure they see you.
Continue to look both ways while crossing; distracted drivers aren’t looking out for pedestrians.
Never cross in the middle of the road or walk down an interstate.
Wear bright colored clothing when walking at night.