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Eye in the sky keeps Comic-Con safe

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Thousands of people savored their last taste of Comic-Con Sunday, on this, the fourth and final day of the pop culture event.

And while the pop culture event is all fun and games for those attending, there is a lot going on behind the scenes to keep everyone safe.

When you're in the middle of Comic-Con and on patrol with the San Diego Police Department, it's rarely a dull moment.

"The biggest problem we have is logistically making sure they're safe."

Lt. Marshall White heads up special events for the department. He says extra officers and agencies are brought in to help cover one of the largest events the city has and they constantly have their head on a swivel.

"Basically, we're looking for unattended bags, boxes, identifying the owner of those... trying to decipher what's suspicious from what's unattended," he said. "We have the religious groups over here. And yesterday we had five or six opposing religious groups."

The main issue seems to revolve around protestors and the people protesting them. Sometimes tempers can boil over.

"We have a lot of people here that wanna get their message out. Whether it's about religion, pipe lines or just a group trying to get a message out... you have an instant audience of about 100,000 people."

Besides the extra help, they have extra eyes in the sky helping watch over.

Lt. Marshall gave News 8 a behind the scenes look at technology purchased by money from home land security.

These cameras are mobile and set up in several places around town. The high definition and zoom capabilities help in a number of ways.

"You can read exactly what's on the back pack across the street of people walking by," he said. "From here you can't see anything. But before we send two to four officers on there way, we can zoom on the bridge and tell exactly what's going on."

Despite the crush of people, White says his officers love Comic-Con. So far, there haven't been too many issues but it's no surprise with all the extra help they have.

"It's been a really fun outstanding event. For the most part all these people believe in super heroes. Very cooperative, very law enforcement friendly."

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