Riverbend 2017 security increased
With a heightened awareness of terror attacks around the world, agencies in Chattanooga are taking extra steps to protect people at Riverbend.
Riverbend attracts hundreds of thousands of people, and the city of Chattanooga says they want every single person to be able to enjoy the festival, safely.
As the festival begins, police, E-M-S, firefighters and other agencies want to make sure they have proper safety and security plans in place.
The Chattanooga Police Department is just one of the many agencies tasked with safety and security at Riverbend. Lt. Austin Garrett says there will be three layers of security and that includes volunteers, private security, and police officers.
Riverbend security this year will feature one major change. The introduction of real time cameras which enable officers to survey crowds and incidents remotely. Lt. Austin Garrett says that these cameras were already installed but they were updated which enables them to use them on the waterfront is new this year.
Lieutenant Austin Garrett says the department is aware of terrorists using different weapons, like large trucks, in crowded areas and they are prepared in case a possible situation arises.
Garrett explained, "At all these gates you will see water barricades and patrol cars behind and that is an added measure so if someone wants to drive through they wold hit that and protect the people within."
Garrett also expressed the CPD and festival security were having a lot of issues with drones. He made it clear that if you have a done you were planning on bringing to Riverbend, you will not be able to fly anywhere around the venue legally.
The FAA law enforcement division will be enforcing the drone restriction at Riverbend.
Lt. Garrett is confident that CPD is doing everything they can. He said "From our perspective we have taken every measure we can to protect the public. I can assure people who come to the Riverbend festival , you re as safe here as you are in your own home."