Increased security for Rose Parade and Rose Bowl after San Bernardino attack
Local and federal authorities are stepping up security measures at this year’s Rose Parade and Rose Bowl after a terrorist attack in San Bernardino rattled the region.
Though authorities stressed that they have not received any threats targeting the annual event, the city said Tuesday that “enhanced security measures” would be in effect along the parade route and at the Rose Bowl Stadium come Jan. 1.
In a news conference with reporters Tuesday, officials said there would be more security cameras along the route as well as dozens of bomb-sniffing dogs. They also said the public should expect police officers to be both uniformed and undercover with rapid response teams standing at the ready.
Mark Selby, a deputy special agent with Homeland Security Investigations, told reporters that the annual event would receive increased federal resources and funding this time around.
“This year’s the first year we’ve really increased our footprint,” Selby told the Pasadena Star-News.
Authorities urged the public to remain vigilant and and report suspicious packages or activity.
In a statement released Tuesday, the city reiterated that drones are not allowed. Umbrellas and selfie sticks are also are not allowed inside the stadium or within the secured grandstand area of the parade.
For a full list of what is permitted and what is not, visit the city’s website.
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