APD says security will be heightened for 4th of July events

police-siren1The Atlanta Police Department has announced it is joining forces with other local, state and government agencies to increase security during 4th of July weekend events.

“We have been planning for this weekend for months and we are prepared to keep the citizens and visitors safe as they attend these City of Atlanta annual events,” Police Chief George Turner said.

The plans will include a strong law enforcement presence on the morning of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, and evening firework shows at Centennial Olympic Park, Turner Field and Lenox Square. A 24-hour Joint Operation Center will be open at Atlanta Public Safety Headquarters, which will be monitoring 5,000 cameras placed in strategic locations around the city.

APD and the Atlanta Track Club are asking that visitors and spectators to the Peachtree Road Race and other Fourth of July events do not bring backpacks to these events. Piedmont Park will have controlled access following the end of the road race where people and the items they carry will be subject to search. Therefore, we urge event-goers to pack as lightly as possible.

Further, attendees of all Fourth of July events are urged to call 911 or approach a police officer if they see any suspicious activity or a suspicious package left unattended.

APD Mounted Patrol along with undercover officers will also be present to assist with crowd control. Officers will work 12 hour shifts, July 3rd and 4th with off-days cancelled.

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