YAKIMA -- When Elton John steps off a plane today in Yakima, he'll be greeted by a member of the police force.
At the request of the fair board, the police department will be providing an escort for the legendary musician as he makes his way to the Yakima Valley SunDome for today's concert. An escort also will accompany John after the show.
The concert is sold out and organizers expect 7,500 people to attend.
Police Chief Sam Granato said Friday that his department was asked Wednesday to come up with a plan to provide the escorts with on-duty police personnel.
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Granato expressed concerns over tying up city resources on an already busy weekend.
"It's one thing to have a unit standing by for a minute, but it's another to tie up resources for a long period of time," Granato said.
The city will provide three police officers on overtime pay. The Fair Board will foot the bill, which Granato estimates will be around $500.
City Manager Dick Zais said providing escort security for visiting major dignitaries is common practice. The city has helped to escort Rosa Parks, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mexican President Vicente Fox.