- The Washington Times - Friday, October 11, 2002

Washington Redskins officials and Prince George's County police say they will be ramping up security at FedEx Field in Landover for Sunday's game because of the sniper shootings.
"We have special security measures in place," Prince George's County Police Sgt. Tora Coates said. "We're not discussing those measures or any tactics being utilized, for obvious reasons."
Redskins officials also declined to elaborate on what new measures would be in place, saying it could compromise their plans. The team took a similar stance when increasing security after the terrorist attacks of September 11.
"We're working very closely with local, state and federal law enforcement to evaluate and implement the best security for Sunday," Redskins spokeswoman Michelle Tessier said. "Anytime you bring 90,000 people together, we take security very seriously. But we don't discuss the details."
County police typically supply off-duty officers to work home games alongside the Redskins' own private security detail, Cpl. Tammy Sparkman said.
Cpl. Sparkman said police are encouraging fans who have tickets to the game against the New Orleans Saints to attend with the same enthusiasm as any other game.
Officials with the Washington Capitals hockey team, who host the Nashville Predators in their season opener tonight at the MCI Center downtown, said security will not include any increased show of force.
The Capitals are holding a season-opening block party on F Street NW between Sixth and Seventh streets prior to the game. The event will result in a temporary street closure, which requires a police presence, but officials said there won't be any unusual measures in place.
The actions of Prince George's County police at FedEx Field was questioned recently. Officers were criticized for using pepper spray to break up a fight during the Redskins-Philadelphia Eagles game last month.
Though play was suspended, only minor injuries were reported.

Eric Fisher, Jody Foldesy and Rick Snider contributed to this report.


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