ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Downtown St. Louis will have tighter security this weekend, especially the area around Busch Stadium. The World Series puts St. Louis on the world stage. The top brass from a number of organizations met at the Emergency Operation Center at Soldiers’ Memorial to plan for the big event.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said, “We’re doing everything we can to make sure no stone is left unturned, and the resources are there when we need them.”
Federal agents from the F.B.I., A.T.F. and Homeland Security along with the Missouri Highway Patrol and city agencies were coordinating a response to handle the huge crowds that will be downtown this weekend.
During the 2006 World Series special devices were deployed downtown to check the air for things like chemical weapons. They will be used again, and dogs will check for bombs and there will be plenty of surveillance cameras in use.
This Midwest town has to prepare as if it’s one of the major cities anywhere in the world. Chief Dotson said, “You try to run through every possible scenario that could happen and have a plan and response in place so whether we’re in St. Louis, Chicago or Louisville it doesn’t matter we still have to go through the same planning process as if we’re Boston or New York or L.A." He would not give specific numbers concerning the increase in the number of officers who will be on duty.
People going to the ballpark should arrive early and prepare for long lines. Security teams may use magnetometers to check fans as they pass through the gates.