LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A litany of strict security measures will be used at Dodger Stadium for the first time Thursday night as part of a zero tolerance policy toward misbehaving fans.
The measures include having off-duty police officers who are normally hired by the Dodgers for security in uniform; stationing Los Angeles Police Department officers at stadium entrances and exits; and strictly enforcing the stadium’s long-standing no-tailgating policy.
KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports on the plan to control fans.
Large numbers of LAPD officers will be deployed at Dodger Stadium throughout the eight-game homestand that begins with Thursday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals in response to the Opening Day attack in a stadium parking lot left San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow in a coma.
`You’re going to see a sea of blue, and it’s not gonna be Dodger blue, it’s gonna be LAPD blue,” Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference last week. “People will be awed by the response of the Los Angeles Police Department, because we will not suffer this as a city again.”
The Dodgers also hired former LAPD Chief William Bratton as a consultant to review security at the stadium in response to the attack on Stow.
Details of additional security measures will be announced by Beck, Bratton and Dodger owner Frank McCourt at a 4 p.m. news conference.
Volunteers from Stow’s employer, American Medical Response, will collect donations Thursday night from fans to the Brian Stow Fund. Messages will be played on the DodgerVision board to let fans know they can make contributions online at http://www.sfpcu.org.
A crowd of between 30,000 and 40,000 is expected Thursday.
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