Members of the Mobile Police Department's Motor Division rode up to the Druid City Saturday to escort both football teams to Bryant-Denny Stadium for the 85th Iron Bowl as several local officers were out on leave after being exposed to COVID-19.

Stephanie Taylor, a spokesperson for the Tuscaloosa Police Department, said that several of its motorcycle officers have been absent after testing positive for COVID or, in most cases, potential exposure to someone with the virus. She said the police officers from Mobile were on escort duty so TPD could direct its energy on ensuring the proper level of protection at the game and responding to calls elsewhere in Tuscaloosa.

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"It is very nice to know that we could call on other departments to help do escorts so we could remain focused on Gameday security and taking care of the rest of the city," Taylor said. "In times of need, law enforcement agencies across Alabama always come together to keep our communities safe."

Clay Goodwin, Assistant Police Chief for the Mobile Police Department, was at Bryant Denny Stadium to greet his officers.


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