Police beef up security for Fourth of July events

Hundreds of people are expected to cheer and celebrate as fireworks light up the sky Wednesday. However, during the celebration dozens of police officers will be watching the crowds for signs of anything out of.

Posted: Jul. 3, 2018 10:58 PM
Updated: Jul. 3, 2018 11:37 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Hundreds of people are expected to cheer and celebrate as fireworks light up the sky Wednesday. However, during the celebration dozens of police officers will be watching the crowds for signs of anything out of place.

"We'll have our normal operations for the fourth, which is a full staff of officers. And then the Stars and Stripes is another event where we are going to have off-duty officers working that event," said Lt. Scott Galloway with the Lafayette Police Department.

Galloway said they'll be keeping an eye on events in downtown Lafayette, including the Stars and Stripes celebration. They'll be there to notice any suspicious behavior and they'll be on the lookout for people drinking excessively at the events.

"So our street crimes unit, our tactical unit - they're all be watching for those things," said Galloway. "The officers are trained up, especially at big events with a lot of people."

Police said if you do plan on attending the Stars and Stripes celebration make sure you don't bring too big of a bag. They said if you do plan on bringing a bag, you most likely will have to have it searched.

"We do have officers watching out for people with bags," said Galloway. "So things like, all of those cues that you would see at an event in a big city, we're watching for those same things here."

In addition, Indiana State Police will be adding 250 police officers across the state to look for impaired drivers. Those officers are paid overtime by the state to make sure everyone is being safe on the road.

"There's no reason to risk drinking and driving," said Galloway. "We're watching for that, I know other agencies are watching for that."

All in all, police want you to have fun, but they'll be there in case anything goes wrong.

"And be our eyes and ears too, if somebody sees something, say something. There's going to be officers all over town," said Galloway.

Another reminder, fireworks are only allowed between 5 pm and two hours after sunset from now until July 9.  However, on the Fourth of July, they are permitted between 10 am and midnight.

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