The Redwood City Police Department has announced enhanced security measures at public events aimed at preventing mass violence.
The new measures include using fencing and other barriers to restrict personnel access and to control crowd movement; using blocking vehicles and fortified barriers to mitigate the impact of intentional vehicle attacks and errant drivers; assigning personnel to elevated positions of observation; conducting individual threat assessments of each event.
These and other new measures aim to dissuade criminals from carrying out acts of violence at public events.
The measures also include those aiding in response, from the deployment of tactical personnel with specialized equipment to the select distribution of mass casualty medical triage kits.
“In the aftermath of several recent tragic events taking place both locally and around the country, the Redwood City Police Department has evaluated and continues to refine our security plans related to community events and large public gatherings,” the police department said in a statement today. “While the Police Department does not make public specific information regarding security plans and staffing for special events, we believe it is important to address the security concerns of our residents and keep them informed about our efforts.”
RCPD also asked the community to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity by calling the non-emergency number at (650) 780-7100 and selecting option 5, or report an emergency by calling or texting 911.
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