SAN ANTONIO -- We had a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put on the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.
That includes an extensive network of security that keeps thousands of rodeo-goers safe.
Here at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo they have their own police department. More than 200 officers are making sure everyone has a good and safe time.
"We have everything you can think of that normally happens in the street," Mike Johnson said. "It happens here."
It's all hands on deck at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.
"You have officers here, officers... officers at every entrance we have," said Sheriff Randy Brown.
There are more than 200 officers from state, federal and local law enforcement across Texas and countless volunteers keeping an eye out.
"We have enough officers, if you look around you're going to see one, so if there's a problem there's going to be an officer close by," Brown said.
Putting a lasso around crime..
"Just like any city we have thefts," Johnson said. We have fights. We have narcotics."
This year while contestants ride horses so do the officers.
"They are kind of a stealth type patrol, you don't hear them like you do with cars and they are elevated so they can see better from the saddle," Brown said.
Some officers here have patrolled this rodeo for more than two decades. It's hard work worth pursuing to make sure the show goes on.
"I enjoy the atmosphere the camaraderie even among the contestants," Johnson said.
Now if you have an emergency and call 9-11 these officers here will respond. They also have a non-emergency line which you can find on their website HERE.