Pasadena Police works with Secret Service on Rose Parade Safety
Pasadena Police Department showed off its Tournament of Roses safety measures at a press conference Wednesday, to assuage and educate the public on potential dangers at this year’s New Year’s celebrations.
“This is not new ground for us,” Pasadena Chief of Police Phillip L. Sanchez said. “We are not amateurs.” Sanchez also touted collaboration with federal agencies, courtesy of Special Agent in Charge Rob Savage, with the U.S. Secret Service. Savage was tapped by the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate federal assistance during the Tournament.
The high-profile parade will see armed and uniformed officers walking along the route, as well as bomb dogs on the lookout for terrorist threats. Sanchez said that the Dec. 19 Berlin attack, in which a man drove a truck into a crowded Christmas market, had raised new concerns police were working to address.
A system of barricades and parked cars will be erected around the festivities to prevent a copycat attack. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has also provided a vehicle scanner to check for bombs and other contraband. Drones are prohibited at either event. Umbrellas and selfie sticks also are not allowed inside the stadium or within the secured grandstand area of the parade at TV Corner, located at the intersection of Orange Grove Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard. Attendees to the Rose Bowl game will be scanned by a magnetometer, and Sanchez warned that screenings would take a bit longer this year, urging attendees to pack light and arrive early.
Collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security began last year, after the Tournament of Roses was given the Department’s highest Special Event Assessment Rating. Organizations such as the TSA, FBI and ATF have made special equipment and additional personnel available to the Pasadena Police Department, and Tournament of Roses staff has received additional training for emergency situations.
Officials promised top-notch Rose Parade safety, saying that with proper vigilance, any danger could be defeated.
“We cannot eliminate [security threats],” Savage said. “But I would bring my family to these events.”