The Denver Police Division describes the extent of safety and is planning an all-star recreation – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4) – Law enforcement agencies are on high alert and are working to keep the all-star game safe. The event, which was moved to Denver following a referendum controversy in Atlanta, gave the city just months to plan and address safety concerns.
On Monday evening, before one of the more popular events in Coors Field, the police were widely visible.
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“Indeed, we immediately noticed that only firefighters, police and security forces were strongly present,” said Angel Mendoza.
Mendoza and James Higgins say safety was a top priority when it came to getting their 4 year old son to the Home Run Derby.
“We made a family plan, we have a family in the neighborhood that we know. So if something should happen we would have a place to go, that definitely got us thinking,” Mendoza said.
Denver Police Department chief Joe Montoya said city officials would typically spend a year or more planning an event like the All-Star Game.
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However, the sudden move from Atlanta left them only 13 weeks and a political controversy that only heightened security concerns.
“Because of the way it got here, we thought that this might make some people coming into town to be disruptive, but we really watched this closely and didn’t see any development of this type of activity “Said Montoya.
In cooperation with federal and state partners, there are teams both behind the scenes and on the street that work continuously to identify potential problems.
“There were no high-level threats. We measure this continuously with our partners from the federal and state levels. We have a very good network to scan and find such threats, ”he said.
For Mendoza and Higgins, the security there is just enough to put their worries aside.
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The Denver Police Department has not said how many resources they have devoted to the All-Star Game and related events, but continues to work to ensure that the community always say something when they see something suspicious.