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APD Ready for Peachtree Road Race & Other Fourth of July Events

The Atlanta Police Department is asking that visitors and spectators to the AJC Peachtree Road Race and other Fourth of July events do not bring backpacks to these events.

Credit: Patch File
Credit: Patch File
Staff Report

The Atlanta Police Department, in partnership with a host of local, state and government agencies have a comprehensive security plan in place for Fourth of July celebrations in the City of Atlanta next week.

“We have been planning for this weekend since July 2013 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 in a release.

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 at Atlanta Public Safety Headquarters, state of the art cameras placed along the race route and law enforcement assistance from the Georgia State Patrol, FBI, GBI, MARTA Police, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Army National Guard as well as several City of Atlanta Departments.

The Atlanta Track Club has been meeting over several months with Atlanta Fire Rescue, the Atlanta Fulton County Emergency Management Agency, the Atlanta Police Department, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Grady EMS, Midtown Blue, 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 a scenario-based exercise to address potential crises response.

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 2,600 cameras with a number of cameras along the race route so that officers can keep an eye on the scene.

The Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Track Club are asking that visitors and spectators to the AJC 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 9-1-1 or approach a police officer if they see any suspicious activity or a suspicious package left unattended. The Atlanta Police Department and its partner agencies are prepared to respond to anything suspicious.

Mounted patrol along with undercover officers will also be present to assist with crowd control. Officers will work 12 hour shifts, July 4rd and 5th with off-days cancelled. We are doing everything possible to ensure the safety of the runners and spectators.

Brent Seeger June 27, 2014 at 04:28 PM
Yes they are ready to assault unsuspecting citizens with billy clubs and fists to make sure Americans don't get too upity in Mr. Obama's America.

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