Harrisonburg Police Prepare to Boost Security for Valley 4th Events

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Harrisonburg Police are working hard right now to make sure you're safe during all the festivities this weekend.

Police are adding extra security especially after tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombings.

Lieutenant Rod Pollard says he's already getting officers ready for all the events.

He says they'll have additional officers from the morning run, through the parade and during the fireworks Thursday night.

Pollard says they expect at least a couple thousand people to be downtown for the 4th. He says it's the biggest event in downtown Harrisonburg all year.

Pollard says there will be 10 to 15 officers out during every event to keep you safe.

"We have everything from our motor or traffic unit to canines," said Pollard, who oversees special events with the Harrisonburg Police Department. "Canines are trained to detect explosives, the incident in Boston, we have those resources in place to where if we have anything of a suspicious nature, those resources could be used to alleviate any issues."

Pollard says the fireworks display will be secured away from the people watching it.

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