With Memphis in May and the NBA playoffs right around the corner, it's a very busy time of year in Memphis. After the Boston Marathon explosions, Police Director Toney Armstrong says he met with one of his chiefs to talk security. He says they're ready, but the explosions remind everyone that anything can happen.
As investigators probe for answers on the ground in Boston, Memphis public safety teams take watch from a different angle.
"We will be looking at plans to see if there are some areas we can improve, problem you have is some of these areas that we have these plans are so massive, so many people, very difficult to cover each and everything," says Armstrong.
While Armstrong says there are effective security plans for Memphis in May and Africa in April, he says they will evaluate procedures. The two outdoor events draw thousands of tourists each year.
"From a logistical standpoint, any police officer will tell you when it comes to planning or putting together plans, we really don't like outside events, it's much easier for us to control everything in relation to events that are inside," adds Armstrong.
But, he notes the fan-packed Grizzlies games won't be ignored, "We don't want to say that we're panicking. We've certainly been effective with things we're doing, but even that, going to look at that and review them."
The Fire Department is preparing as well says Memphis Fire Director Alvin Benson, "You can't be too prepared and there's always going to be a twist that you didn't consider, so we'll be looking closely at this."
Benson says he can't recall any event they haven't learned from, and says Boston will be no exception.
He adds, "I feel we're very well equipped to handle events, something like this is difficult, regardless of the training and equipment."
Armstrong says he plans to determine security needs on a case by case basis, including factors like the number of people, and type involved. He also notes their success with handling the complexities of the recent KKK rally.
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