IBE Summer Celebration safety

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The 46th annual Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration weekend is in full effect. Seminars and events have thousands of people converging on downtown Indianapolis.

This year a new security measure was added to help keep folks safe. Organizers added security wands at the entrances to indoor events.

The tragedy in Orlando last month has IBE adding the security measure. Meantime, IMPD has security cameras in uses, extra officers from multiple departments are on the job patrolling, handle traffic and helping the large crowd navigate a busy downtown Indy.

“We’re gonna make it safe for all of the attendees that come out. We have Chief Riggs and everyone else that’s on board and we’re gonna work our plan,” said Tanya Bell, President & CEO of Indiana Black Expo.

A curfew is in effect Friday & Saturday. 15-17 year olds must be inside by 1 a.m. and anyone 14 years old and younger must be home by 11 p.m. Police do not expect the recent national events to affect the weekend in Indianapolis.

“We have it under control downtown,” said Bell. “We have state police, we have private security, we have IMPD. I mean pretty much everybody’s out there.”

Police remind folks if they see something, say something. If it's an emergency call 911, find a nearby patrol officer or call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.




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