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NBA All-Star weekend means beefed-up security, LAPD says

February 16, 2011 |  8:43 am

Police plan to ramp up security this weekend in conjunction with the NBA All-Star game at Staples Center -- an event some say could draw at least 100,000 fans and participants to the Los Angeles' central core.

The Los Angeles Police Department will deploy extra gang officers and foot-patrol units downtown, and K-9 teams will have dogs sniffing arriving cars, limousines and buses for bombs, department officials said Wednesday in a statement.

The LAPD, which is working with the Department of Homeland Security, also will use checkpoints and external cameras to monitor the vicinity of Staples Center, L.A. Live and the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The All-Star game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, but related events will be held throughout the weekend.

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