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Police will be watching as police watch revelers

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Along with the 300,000 or so people going crazy at Gasparilla, a group of law enforcement experts will be looking on and taking notes.

"They're going to get an upfront look at Gasparilla tomorrow," said Chief Jane Castor.

It's part of information sharing session hosted by TPD this week.  Law enforcement officials from as far away as Los Angeles are here to learn and apply what works and improve what doesn't. 

After the RNC, Tampa police received numerous calls from agencies looking to see how it prevents and fights crime.

"It is just getting back to basics, having a strong business plan, running the organization, like a business holding everyone accountable," Castor said.

"It has been a wealth of information so far," said First Sergeant Thomas Cunningham with the Virginia State Police.

He'll be watching closely as the Tampa Police Department works to stay on top the crowds Saturday.

"I'm anxious to see the nature and dynamic of this event," he continued.

At least five mobile cameras will be posted along the parade route.  Officers also plan to keep a tight grip on where partygoers can drink.

"No alcohol consumption, no open containers in the neighborhoods," Castor warned.

TPD will also deploy officers on bikes.

"We've always said we want people to go home with a neck full of beads, not a pair of handcuffs," she added.

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