Officials discuss Fourth of July security plan

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 3, 2014) – Law enforcement agents will be out, protecting Hoosiers who will be downtown celebrating the Fourth of July.

“We don’t want people to be afraid to come downtown, but we’re just asking (people to) just help us out,” Homeland Security Director Gary Coons said.

Public safety officials said if people notice something that does not seem right, they need to report it.

“We can check it out especially with this being a symbolic holiday,” Coons said.

Coons said they are closely paying attention to violence and threats happening overseas. They are also staying alert, making sure there are not any domestic threats either.

“If any direct threats come in, we’ll work closely with state police and also our federal partners who are monitoring that. We’ll react accordingly,” Coons said.

Coons said they will also have their mobile command post downtown, plus people will see a large police presence.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department will be monitoring the festivities too. Lt. Christopher Bailey said there will be more event response group officers downtown. They are in charge of controlling the crowd. Bailey said their bike patrol and downtown district will be on alert too.

“People are perfectly safe to come down here, but for those that want to come down here with the idea that they’re going to come down here and cause mayhem and havoc–the message is don’t come down here,” Bailey said.

After last year’s celebration, a 16-year-old was killed near Circle Center Mall. Bailey said they do not expect to see any issues this year.

“Our plans are robust there’s going to be a lot of officers down there. You are going to see those officers around everywhere,” Bailey said.

Bailey urged people not to bring fireworks downtown.

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