Security Measures at the Pendleton Round-Up

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PENDLETON - Keeping crime at bay this year's Round-Up in Pendleton. The rodeo comes just over a week after police arrest Danny Wu or Lukah Pozbeg Chang as he's now known. We talked to police to see if they're stepping up security.

Bring on the cowgirl boots, the blaring country tunes and no shortage of livestock.

Reporter: "How many years have you come to the round-up?"
Ryan Ashley: "I've never missed it."

And Ryan Ashley isn't alone. Many Pendleton residents would say the Round-Up isn't optional.

Reporter: "Have you even missed a Round-Up?
Heather Hoeft: "Not to my knowledge."

For Heather Hoeft and her daughter Blaire, this week is all about community. They agree that watching officers patrol the grounds make them feel safe.

"I'm surrounded by people I know, and the security team works great,” said Pendleton resident Blaire Aichele.

Retired Sheriff John Trumbo heads up security. It's the fourth year he's requested a threat assessment from the Department of Justice. All to determine possible risks.

“When you have this many people, you have have one person that is bound and determined to cause a problem that's not advertising it,” said Round-Up Security Director John Trumbo.

This year, only animal rights organizations popped up as groups to monitor. Beyond that, officials say they're not concerned about dangerous activity. But say people should be aware of their surroundings.

“There’s other Danny Wu's walking around in our midst,” added Trumbo.

Theft and public intoxication are typical concerns. Officers supervise the grounds 24/7. Making between two and three hundred contacts with people every day. Also, upholding a zero tolerance policy on gang activity.

“Everybody looks out for everybody,” said Hoeft.

Keeping watch so that families like Heather's can be safe. Security hopes to ultimately add more cameras to better monitor the grounds. Several are already in place.