State Patrol serving many roles at the Nebraska State Fair

Published: Aug. 24, 2018 at 1:51 PM CDT
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Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) will once again provide safety information and giveaways during the 149th Nebraska State Fair, August 24-September 3, at Fonner Park in Grand Island.

Located in the Southeast corner of Expo Building near the center of the State Fairgrounds, NSP’s booth will be staffed by both sworn and civilian members of the agency. NSP will provide information on roadway safety, career opportunities, history of the Patrol, and have giveaways.

“The Nebraska State Fair is a great opportunity to showcase the safety messages that our troopers deliver throughout the state all year,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Over the 11 days of the fair, dozens of troopers will be working in several capacities to support the safety of the public. From the NSP booth, to game inspections, to bike patrols, and more, troopers are proud to be a part of the Nebraska State Fair.”

In addition, NSP plays a critical role in security for the State Fair. The Patrol will provide on-site law enforcement security around the clock for the duration of the fair. Troopers will patrol the fairgrounds in a variety of ways, including bicycles and all-terrain vehicles. The NSP Security Office is located in the Fonner Park Racing Office for any fair-goers in need of law enforcement assistance.

Patrons are also encouraged to view a former NSP patrol Mustang on display at the NSP booth. The newest vehicle, a Dodge Charger, and a seat belt survivor crash car are located outside the north side of the Expo Building.

Investigators with NSP Troop C – Grand Island inspected each of the games at the State Fair Friday morning to ensure that all comply with Nebraska law and are winnable for patrons.