For Immediate Release
|September 28, 2010||DUSM James Badway, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2344|
|Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2010|
Albuquerque, NM – The United States
Marshal Service, District of New Mexico, will be assisting local, state, and
federal law enforcement agencies in the 2010 Albuquerque International
Balloon Fiesta. The annual event will take place October 2-10. The fiesta
expects 750-1000 balloon pilots to participate from all over the world and
the event attracts over 10,000 spectators a day totaling over one million
for the event. During the nine days of Balloon Fiesta, the men and women of
law enforcement devote all their efforts and resources to provide all
visitors to the park with the highest quality service and protection. They
maintain a 24/7 mobile, mounted, plain clothes, and foot patrol surveillance
throughout Balloon Fiesta.
This will be the first year the Marshal Service will deploy a ATF certified explosives detection canine at the event. Members of the Public Safety Unit for the event include the Albuquerque Police Department, Albuquerque Fire Department, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, Bernalillo County Search and Rescue, New Mexico State Police, U.S. Marshal Service, City of Albuquerque Emergency Management, State Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety, Lovelace Emergency Care Center, Public Service Company of New Mexico, and American Automobile Association (AAA), and they are responsible for the enforcement of all traffic laws, local jurisdiction criminal codes, and upholding all AIBF policies and regulations.
After the balloons have all flown from
Balloon Fiesta Park, law enforcement agency personnel will move vehicles and
equipment onto the field to give the public the opportunity to get a
close-up look at fire and police equipment; talk with firefighters, police
officers and emergency personnel. The event will feature a variety of
displays from several agencies including helicopters, hovercraft, mounted
horse patrol, patrol vehicles, emergency response vehicles and a ladder
For more information about the U.S. Marshals Service, visit http://www.usmarshals.gov.