INDIANAPOLIS - The Commander of IMPD’s branch of Homeland Security says Hoosiers can expect to see more law enforcement downtown this weekend.
Throughout the weekend, Commander Tom Sellas says there will be an increased law enforcement presence at all major events, including Sunday’s Colts game, the Fountain Square Music Festival and a series of Garth Brooks concerts taking place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
“We always have these resources at these events, but you usually don’t see a lot of them. This time we’re going to be a little more overt, we’re going to let the public know that yes we’re out here, we’re prepared as best as we can be, for them to have a safe a good time,” Sellas said.
According to Sellas, the covert to overt switch for certain resources is designed to send two messages.
For anyone who feels concerned about attending weekend events, it’s a message of safety and security. But for anyone who may have criminal intentions, it’s a message of strength.
“We’re letting you know that hey we are prepared for this, because what people don’t see might also be the person who wants to perpetrate a crime or something like that. Someone who thinks they can get away with it. Right now you’re not going to be able to get away with it,” Sellas said.
Ahead of the Thursday night Garth Brooks Concert, the increased presence of law enforcement was highly visible. Sellas says in the end, it’s about allowing people to feel safe so they’re free to have a good time.
Every fan underwent intense security to get into Bankers Life ahead of the show.
Security is also stepped up at Lucas Oil Stadium with Vice President Mike Pence scheduled to attend Sunday's game honoring former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.
In the video above, we examine some of those security preparation and also discuss the latest debate over gun control.
We also heard from Congressman Andre Carson, who spoke with us about the gun control debate in an interview for this week's edition of IN Focus.