Metro police out in full force as crowd flocks to SEC tournament

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police officers are working overtime to keep traffic flowing during the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament in downtown Nashville.

Officers are on almost every corner near the Bridgestone Arena, ready to close streets and direct traffic when needed.

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Between some basketball games, tens of thousands of fans spill out onto Lower Broadway. Police have to close Broadway to keep pedestrians safe.

Central Precinct added 21 officers to help with traffic in the area.

Sgt. John Bourque, who works community affairs for the precinct, says the department doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel each time there’s a large event like this one.

“We keep track of what worked last year, what doesn’t work, what we could do better,” said Bourque. “And even while we have the existing plan today, if things change or if something comes up, the plan is constantly evolving.”

With tens of thousands of people all in one place, some think crime increases, but police say usually the opposite occurs.

“When you have these big crowds, you have a lot of witnesses. Criminals don’t like witnesses.”

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