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Positive response to Sheriff’s stepped-up security at stadium

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office reported an overall positive response by fans to stepped-up security measures at Sunday’s Buffalo Bills game taken in light the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.

Heavily-armed members of the Sheriff’s SWAT team, K9 unit and bomb squad all had a presence outside Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. There were also additional uniformed and plain clothes deputies in the stadium and parking lots.

“The extra visual security was well-received,” said sheriff’s spokesman Scott Zylka.

He said the NFL last week put out a list of suggestions for law enforcement, but the Sheriff’s office found it was already conducting many of the extra precautions.

“It wasn’t a lot of effort for us to change,” Zylka said.

The Sheriff’s office also reported two arrests. One fan was accused of trying to steal a stadium seat cushion, while another was charged with disorderly conduct, Zylka said.