Published on July 3rd, 2016 |0
July 4 events bring promise of comprehensive police security plan
“We’ve spent countless hours training and preparing for the annual Fourth of July events,” said Chief George N. Turner in a prepared statement at the end of this past week. “We are prepared and ready to protect citizens and visitors.
“We want this to be a safe and enjoyable holiday for all,” he stated. APD officers will work 12-hour shifts during July 4 events.
The APD said in a statement released late Thursday:
“The plan includes a strong law enforcement presence on the morning of the AJC Peachtree Road Race and evening firework shows at Centennial Olympic Park and Lenox Square.
“The department’s 24-hour Joint Operation Center at Atlanta Public Safety Headquarters will be activated. Our partners from the Georgia State Patrol, FBI, GBI, MARTA Police, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Army National Guard, GEMA as well as several City of Atlanta Departments will assist in monitoring and securing the city.
“All of these agencies will have representatives on hand in the Joint Operations Center, where live feeds from the APD’s Operation Shield Video Integration Center will be visible. The Video Integration Center has more than 7,000 cameras with a number of cameras along the race route so that officers can keep an eye on the scene.
“The Atlanta Track Club has been meeting over several months with the Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta Fire Rescue, the Atlanta Fulton County Emergency Management Agency, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA), Grady EMS and the City of Atlanta Departments of Watershed Management, Public Works and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.
“As part of these preparations, these agencies participated in scenario-based exercises to address potential crisis response.”
APD and the Atlanta Track Club urge visitors and spectators of the AJC Peachtree Road Race and other July 4 events to leave backpacks at home. Piedmont Park will have controlled access at the end of the road race. Items carried into the park are subject to search. APD says that if you must have a backpack, to pack as lightly as possible.