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McQuade Tournament Rarely Causes Problems for Law Enforcement

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With the world's largest softball tournament going on in Bismarck, you'd assume police officers might be a bit busier.

Surprisingly, this isn't necessarily the case.

With over 400 teams and their fans at the McQuade tournament, the biggest concern for local law enforcement is increased traffic patterns around the softball diamonds, one ways, and nearby streets.

Lieutenant Dwight Offerman says the Bismarck Police Department does have extra duty assignments such as park patrol and bike patrol that monitor the tournament areas periodically throughout the day.

He says even though they're always on alert, the McQuades don't cause much trouble.

"For the most part, we have very little trouble with the players and fans that come to enjoy the tournament. It's a really good time for them and most of them are not here to cause us any grief. As a result, we just make sure that we have as many people assigned to work as would regularly be working," says Lt. Dwight Offerman, Bismarck Police Department.

The tournament officials did hire an officer to keep an eye on the main tournament location at the Clem Kelly Softball Complex.

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