INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 3, 2015) -- When there are thousands of people visiting Indianapolis for an event like the Final Four, it takes a well thought-out plan to keep everyone safe. That plan is being executed right now, with law enforcement from the local level all the way to the federal level.
Final Four weekend is undoubtedly one of the most fun times of year for basketball fans. From Hoosiers to out of towners, thousands of people are here now or will be coming here to cheer on their team. There are some obvious safety measures in place and some that are not as obvious.
"A lot of people don't understand what goes on as far as the planning process for an event of this nature," said Mike Bates, Deputy Chief for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Bates gave us a tour of the command office which is where some of IMPD's finest, as well as Indiana State Police and the FBI are looking for anything and everything that could cause a problem. Planning for this started six months ago.
"Things are working out today," Deputy Chief Bates said. "Obviously as the weekend progresses it'll get busier, but we also ramp up what we're doing so I'm comfortable with the security plan, I think it's gonna be good and we're gonna be successful."
Since a lot of things are said on social media, Indianapolis Homeland Security Chief Gary Coons says they'll be paying close attention to suggestive tweets and posts.
"If it gets too aggressive where it's actually making a threat toward somebody's life then we will go and do the proper steps to go talk to the individual," Coons said.
He said there is something you can do to help.
"See something say something. It's very important for this weekend. We really need the community's help and partnership in this," Coons said.
Security measures will be in place for as long as the Final Four events are happening.