Event security measures in Myrtle Beach change in response to Boston bombings
Wed, 01 May 2013 21:36:12 GMT —
In response to the Boston Bombings, the city of Myrtle Beach's Special Events Committee is looking at putting new security measures in place to protect locals, as well as the millions of visitors it has each year.
More than 600 events take place within Myrtle Beach city limits in any given year, and city officials want to make sure the events stay safe while still keeping a fun environment.
Starting next week, all Myrtle Beach city employees will be required to complete a mandatory training session involving safety policies during emergency situations.
"Then we'll have some more specific training for the individuals that actually work these events. The ones that are out there picking up the garbage, picking up the trash, setting up the barricades just so they know things to look for and how they can help to be the eyes and ears of the police department while they're out there working the event," assistant city manager John Pedersen said.
Training will also be required for people who bring events into the city from out of town.
Other low-cost actions the committee wants to take include having officials at events wear brighter, more vivid shirts so that they are more recognizable to community members.
Long-term, they plan look into more advanced security options such as facial recognition cameras that also have the ability to estimate crowd size.
"We're going to focus some attention on it as we go through the events and as we have different proposals brought to us to make sure we're enhancing what we're already doing in the way of security for those events," Pedersen said.