Undercover patrols again Sunday at CenturyLink Field

by: Linzi Sheldon Updated:

SEATTLE —

Seattle police will continue with their undercover patrols on Sunday at CenturyLink Field as the Seahawks take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Officers will be in uniform and dressed as Jaguars fans.

Police said the strategy to decrease fan-on-fan violence has been successful, with only one incident last game day.
It happened just before 10 p.m. on Sunday as thousands of fans were leaving the Hawks-49ers game.

Police said a 35-year-old woman wearing a Seahawks jersey went after two women in 49ers gear. Officers said she grabbed one of the San Francisco fans by the hair and shoved her to the ground. That woman turned and punched the Seahawks fan in the face.

"They were both intoxicated," Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said. He said officers arrived and separated the women.

No charges were filed, but he said the incident shows why the department is continuing its strategy of having uniformed officers at the game as well as officers dressed as fans of the opposing team.

They want to make sure Seahawks fan know it.

Some fans said it's one step too many.

"I think that's it's absurd," Jared Haas said. "I think it's a completely unnecessary procedure."

But Whitcomb said the lack of incidents shows the strategy is working so far.

"We're going to evaluate on a game-by-game basis and if possible, that is our goal, to do this every home game," Whitcomb said.