LMPD takes additional measures in light of violence for Thunder


by WHAS11


Posted on April 7, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 7 at 1:47 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville Metro Police Chief Steven Conrad said there is no threat regarding the safety to people while at Thunder Over Louisville this year.

But Conrad said, this year there will be more officers than ever on scene than in past years. About 1,100 officers will be in and around the event site at Waterfront Park. Metro Police are working together with the FBI, Homeland Security and several other agencies.  Many officers will be in uniform, others will be undercover.

Police are taking additional measures in light of the violence that erupted two weekends ago in downtown Louisville when more than 200 juveniles ran through the streets, some assaulting several people. Since that incident, 26 surveillance cameras have been set up at the waterfront.

This year, police are asking parents to accompany their kids at Thunder Over Louisville.

Organizers are expecting some 700,000 people at this year's event if the weather is nice.

Chief Conrad is asking the public if they see something that does not look right, to say something to police who will be on hand.

“We added a number of contingencies that we talked about like the number of additional officers,” Chief Conrad said. “What’s important is not so much that we are anticipating a problem, but I want to send a very clear message to people in our community that might have some concerns about coming to Thunder that it’s going to be a great safe event.”

There will also be many road closures and changes in the traffic pattern around downtown Louisville on Saturday, including the Clark Memorial Bridge which will be closed from Thursday morning until Sunday afternoon for the fireworks setup.

Police are also asking people to bring is their patience. They say there will be a lot of people leaving the show at the same time and it is going to take some time getting everybody out of downtown Louisville.