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No known threat, but Glendale beefing up security for college football championship

PHOENIX — Despite knowing of no credible threat, the Glendale Police Department said Monday it plans to beef up security before the upcoming college football playoff championship game.

“Security is of utmost concern to us,” Sgt. David Vidaure with the department said. “We want our fans to be able to come to the game and not have to worry about their personal security and assume that we’ve taken care of that for him.”

Vidaure said attendees at the National College Football Championship Game, set for Jan. 11 at University of Phoenix Stadium, will see an increased police presence, possibly even more than that at Arizona Cardinals games.

“At the last home game, people noticed that we had uniformed SWAT officers at the gates, something they hadn’t seen before,” he said.

Fans will also have to pass through a metal detector. Vidaure could not speak about other precautions that are in place because of security concerns.

Vidaure said his department works with numerous security agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation, to determine any precautions that need to be taken.

KTAR’s Jeremy Foster contributed to this report.

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