The increased police presence at Dodger Stadium last night certainly paid off when it came to public perception of the proceedings: There were no arrests made during the Dodgers–Cardinals game, a clear contrast to the opening series when a Giants fan was severely beaten in the parking lot.
It sounds like the new approach to Dodger Stadium security, which includes a big presence from the Los Angeles Police Department and some sophisticated mapping techniques designed to identify problems before they happen, was a winner. There were 38 people cited for misconduct, mostly related to open alcohol containers, but nothing more serious.
Of course, a Dodgers-Cardinals series doesn’t summon the passion of a Dodgers-Giants series. While the first night with the new security approach was a success, the real test will come the next time the Giants are in town on May 18.
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