Law enforcement agencies readily prepared for Hot August Nights

Published: Aug. 1, 2019 at 6:44 AM PDT
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Hot August Nights starts this weekend and after the mass shooting in Gilroy local law enforcement said they’re taking steps to keep people safe.

Local law enforcement agencies said they keep a close communication. Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam said during big events his department works with Sparks and Reno police departments and do a threat assessment with the regional intelligence center.

Sheriff Balaam said it’s an opportunity to see how they can improve their safety measures. Sheriff Balaam said, “We send stuff out, and we are in constant communication both on the street level as well as the executive level always talking about what we can do better.”

He continued, “We will look at Gilroy, what could we have done better, and lessons learned and then we apply those to future events.”

Authorities said there will be a large police presence at Hot August Nights. Reno’s Public Information Officer Travis Warren said, “We’re always trying to stay in tuned with what is going on nationally as well as what’s going on locally.”

He added, “Our officers are always going to be aware and always looking out for any potential dangers as well as our administration and department in general.”

Sparks’ Lieutenant Tony Marconato specializes in event safety said, “Yeah we always work hand in hand and communicate what we are doing, and we have task force involved medics and fire personnel."

Authorities said they aren’t the only ones who can play a major role when it comes to safety, citizens can too.

Sheriff Balaam said if you see something suspicious to say something.

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