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Local security plans reevaluated after Las Vegas mass shooting

Posted at 5:32 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 18:41:53-04

Seeing the horror in Las Vegas, officers in Baltimore area on alert as security preps for a few upcoming events will be tightened.

 

The specifics are confidential. The details limited to the public.

 

Baltimore Police Chief Hyatt, likes it that way, as a safety precaution. It’s a complex plan her team goes over – and over again.

 

“We make sure that we have sufficient numbers of police to not only manage any incident which could occur within the footprint of the event, but also to maintain the resources throughout the rest of the city,” Hyatt said.

 

She’s in charge of Baltimore Police’s special operations division, the tactical task force behind the security of some of the city’s biggest events.

 

As more comes out about the Las Vegas shooter, who took the lives of at least 59 people and injured hundreds of others including a Maryland woman, Hyatt says her team has taken another look at their plans on how they approach safety.

 

RELATED: 59 killed, 527 hurt in Las Vegas Strip massacre

 

“When we see an event like that that occurs, it really has us reevaluate our own plans and make sure that what we’re doing is really the utmost safety of the people that are coming to visit our city,” Hyatt said.

Visitors including sports fans and avid runners.

 

As thousands come into Baltimore for games and marathons, Hyatt says security preparation is key.

 

The Maryland Stadium Authority sent a statement regarding the shooting in Las Vegas.

 

"The Maryland Stadium Authority is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all who visit the Camden Yards Sports Complex.  

 

We work closely with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to keep our visitors safe. We are constantly monitoring domestic and international threats, and use tragic events like what happened in Las Vegas as an opportunity to reassess our own security plans.  

 

And while fan safety and security is our highest priority, we do not release specifics about our security practices."

 

Mayor Catherine Pugh spoke about the shooting at Wednesday’s Board of Estimates meeting.

 

“Let’s pray that nothing happens in Baltimore. We’ve not had that kind of experience, and I don’t even like to utter the thoughts because I think that we’ve been fortunate as a state,” Pugh said.

 

Fortunate, but still a need to be prepared says Chief Hyatt on new threats and new dangers.