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Posted: Mar 12, 2013 6:17 PM

Updated: Mar 13, 2013 12:06 AM

CAMERON COUNTY - South Padre Island officials say an increase in police presence should keep Spring Breakers safe during Texas Week.

Police arrested more than 100 people during the first four days of Spring Break, officials said. The town's court will be open seven days a week to accommodate the larger-than-usual number of people going before a judge.

"We have a team of 10 officers working 12-hour shifts to be able to have enough manpower," Cameron County Park Rangers Chief Horacio Zamora said. The rangers enforce the law at county beaches on the island.

Zamora said the crowds have been calm. He expects a larger influx by Thursday.

The park rangers are one of several law enforcement agencies keeping the peace on the island.

"We've had several meetings with various agencies, both local and state, in preparation for Spring Break," South Padre Island Assistant Chief of Police Javier Garza said.

South Padre Island relies on Pharr and Mission, among other cities, for help with equipment during Spring Break, Garza said.

Island visitors noticed the increased patrols.

"I do see a lot more cops, and security is crazy right now," one young man said.

"The police ... they're on their stuff," another visitor said.

Police said it is all about keeping order on the island.

Topics: javier garza, horacio zamora, south padre island

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