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Atlanta police ready for NCAA Final Four crowds

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Chief Turner discusses security measures for the city Chief Turner discusses security measures for the city

Atlanta police chief George Turner told CBS Atlanta News that the city is prepared for the thousands of people that will be taking part in the NCAA Final Four festivities this weekend.

"We're expecting over 100,000 visitors and guests in to the city every day. We are encouraging people to utilize public transportation," Turner said.

Beginning Friday, there will be free concerts in Centennial Olympic Park featuring the Zac Brown Band, Flo Rida and Dave Matthews Band.

Plus, bracket town tips off at the Georgia World Congress Center. Not to mention, the Hawks and Braves are both in town.

"Atlanta has done this before. It's not our first time at the rodeo so it will be good," Atlanta resident Candice McLemore said.

"I think Atlanta really knows how to do it well. You think about New Year's with everything going on, they know how to do a parade, do games and festivals, so I think this is what we do best and it's going to be outstanding," Atlanta Resident Christine Brown said.

Atlanta Police officers will work 12 hour shifts this weekend and there will be some 800 officers on the street at all times.

"Traffic, traffic, we're going to have a lot of traffic. Please use MARTA to get in and out of these events," Deputy Chief Renee Propes said.

Police will also be monitoring crowd control with over 1,200 street cameras throughout the city. It's an event the chief said they've been planning for a year.

"It again shows that we are an international global city that can handle big events and that's what we hope that come Tuesday you'll be writing and talking about how well we did," Turner said.

Chief Turner said if you were to lose a child or see something suspicious call 911 and report it to a uniformed officer. Turner also said there have not been any credible threats to security thus far.

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