Working together for a safe Hoopfest

Michele Anderson, Public Safety Communications Manager

Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 12:28 p.m.

The Spokane Police and Fire Departments are dedicated to making sure our community is safe and secure each day of the year and during all special events. With the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world just a few days away, attendees are being reminded to follow a few safety tips.

  • Choose an alternative route to avoid congestion if you do not need to be downtown.
  • Take public transportation if you can.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Immediately report suspicious activity to law enforcement officials.
  • Never leave children unattended.
  • Lock ALL vehicle doors and secure windows. If possible, use a vehicle anti-theft device.
  • Do not leave any valuables in vehicles.
  • Drivers should slow down and be aware of extra pedestrian activity.
  • Pedestrians should exercise extra caution and watch for traffic.
  • Do not leave purses or bags unattended.
  • Animals are prohibited during special events, so please leave them at home (service animals are permitted).
  • Remember open alcohol containers are not allowed.

Working with Spokane Hoopfest, the Spokane Police Department will be helping to provide security and safety for fans and participants. In addition, the Spokane Fire Department’s PedMed Program, a special operations program that deploys fire department paramedics in areas that are routinely inaccessible due to large crowds or terrain will be working throughout the event. Additional behind the scenes measures will be implemented as well.

Parking placards and/or red bags have been placed on many meters in the downtown area. Please do not park at bagged meters or your vehicle will be towed. These areas will be used for Hoopfest equipment, emergency vehicles, event equipment vehicles and STA buses.