LMPD pleased with security measures put in place for Thunder


by Johnny Archer


Posted on April 14, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 14 at 6:31 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville Metro Police said they are pleased with the security measures put in place for Thunder over Louisville.

“It went well,” Metro spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said. “Folks that decided to come with family and friends; it appears they had a good time.”

Out of the 700,000 who came to Thunder, only six people were arrested for non-violent crimes.

New surveillance cameras were put in place at the waterfront just in time for Thunder. Now, 28 of them watch below from a bird’s eye view.  A temporary monitoring location is set up at Metro Corrections where someone is always watching.

“They will monitor in the short term,” Mitchell said. “A more long term comprehensive plan is in the works.”

The 28 cameras that have been set up can pretty much see everything that is happening at Waterfront Park 24 hours a day, seven days a week. On the Big Four Bridge there are more than a half a dozen cameras set up just in that location.

There is also an increase in police presence at the park, where at least two officers will be stationed there around the clock.

“Just the extra presence there is making people feel safer being down there,” Mitchell said.

Police are also keeping an eye on social media, watching for any threats to the public, especially with major events like Oaks and Derby quickly approaching.