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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Police in Detroit have a plan to make sure the area around Comerica Park is safe for the thousands of baseball fans coming downtown to watch the World Series. But city officials are not tipping their hand on what they’re going to do.

Interim Police Chief Chester Logan told reporters Friday that more than 20 law enforcement agencies will work with his officers when the Tigers host the San Francisco Giants beginning Saturday in Detroit for game three of the best-of-seven series.

“The whole world is watching us and we feel that we’re going to put on a good show and that the citizens of Detroit, people in the state of Michigan and the nation are going to be proud of the job that we do,” he said.

Logan said “close to 100,000 people” will be downtown Sunday for the Detroit Lions afternoon football game at Ford Field and game four of the World Series that night.

“We know that the world will be watching to see how Detroit handles this World Series and like everything, no one does law enforcement better than we do. So, we recognize that and we want you to know that we have put all measures in place, we have taken every precaution necessary to make sure that both stadiums will be secure,” said Detroit Police Tactical Operations Commander Lt. Renee Hall.

Logan also said no officers would be pulled from Detroit neighborhoods for patrols in and around downtown.

Agencies helping the Detroit police and fire departments this weekend include nearby county sheriff’s departments, state police, U. S. Customs and Border Patrol, Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals Service, Federal Air Marshals, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“We are confident that [the Tigers] are going to come back and do their jobs by playing hard and bring a championship to the city of Detroit, and similarly we in law enforcement are going to do our job of protecting public safety so that the fans and the citizens of Detroit and the players can all focus on what they need to focus on,’ said U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade.

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