Officers out in full force for Astros parade

- “51 inches of rain and a 5-1 clincher,” said an ecstatic Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Like most Houston residents, the city’s mayor can’t hide his excitement over the Astros.

“I just couldn’t go to sleep,” said Mayor Turner.

“My job is to worry,” said Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo. “I get paid to worry.”

Now it is Houston’s law enforcement leader who will likely lose sleep.

Even with all the partying over the Houston Astros' history making moment, there has been no real havoc, although the recent terrorist attack in New York is causing some concern.

“We live in a world where it just takes one crazy person who thinks they’re going to do something to become infamous or for some kind of ideology,” said Chief Acevedo.

With Houston Independent School District canceling classes on Friday, there are estimates that as many as two million people might support the hometown heroes.

‘To say to the rest of the world we are Houston strong,” said Turner.

Chief Acevedo said anyone attending the parade will see a large presence of uniformed officers along the parade route, many of them armed with long rifles, but he points out there will also be a significant amount of officers watching over the festivities who you won’t see.

“You won’t see officers on the high ground, you won’t see a lot of plainclothes officers that are working in an undercover capacity, but we’re going to have a lot of eyes and ears on the route,” said Chief Acevedo. “But we need people coming to pay attention and to call 911 if they see anything suspicious immediately.”

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