Nugget, NTAC ensure safety ahead of Rib Cook Off

Sparks, Nev. (KOLO) -- The 31st annual Nugget Rib Cook Off is almost here. The casino resort is once again partnering with the Nevada Threat Analysis Center (NTAC) and the national See Something Say Something Campaign to ensure safety for the hundreds of thousands planning to attend the event.

"We want to make sure that they're paying attention to what's going on and if they see something suspicious that they make sure the report that to local law enforcement," Ryan Miller, Deputy Chief of NTAC and the Nevada Department of Public Safety said.

NTAC’s mission is to protect Nevada’s citizens and visitor while protecting individual civil rights and liberties. The goal of the See Something Say Something campaign is to raise awareness of the indicators of terrorism and violent crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity.

"There's been a lot of research on how safety and outdoor events can be improved and we've fully embraced that," Mark Sterbens, General Manager of the Nugget said.

The Nugget Rib Cook Off is a long standing event that the Reno and Sparks communities look forward to every year. Through the partnership, banners and signage of the See Something Say Something Campaign will be visible at the event and on social media during the event.

"It's the right thing to do. It's absolutely out responsibility and we take it very seriously," Sterbens said.

Some suspicious activity to be on the lookout for would be a vehicle in an odd location, unattended backpacks or packages, or someone asking unusual questions about aspects of a building, security or operations.

"We'd much rather have something reported and have it turn out to be nothing than have it not be reported and it turn out to be something," Miller said.

Through the See Something Say Something campaign, organizers hope to encourage residents to pay attention to their surroundings and report activity that seems suspicious or criminal in nature at all times.

"It's important for any event or just as day to day activities, we want to encourage that if they see suspicious activity or behavior, that they don't hesitate to report it," Miller said.

If you see anything suspicious and want to report it, there are multiple ways to do so. You can find local law enforcement at the event, leave an anonymous tip online at keepnevadasafe.org or call 911.

The Rib Cook Off begins Wednesday, August 28, 2019 and runs through labor day, September 2, 2019.

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