Philly police say safety at Made in America is everyone's job

This being the seventh year of Made in America, they feel they have a pretty good idea what to expect. 

Dan Wing
September 01, 2018 - 11:53 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's going to be a busy weekend for the Philadelphia Police Department as Made in America takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Officers are asking everyone to do their part to keep the event safe and fun.

Police officials say they have been working with a number of agencies, such as the fire department, paramedics, SEPTA, city leaders and private festival security to put a plan in place. Deputy Commissioner Dennis Wilson says officials meet and review what went right and what went wrong after the festival each year. This being the seventh year of Made in America, they feel they have a pretty good idea what to expect. 

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For example, Wilson says one of the things they wanted to change for this year was getting rid of some dark areas by adding lights.

"We improved that this year," Wilson said. "We actually set that lighting up, and went out and looked at it in the dark. We lit up the dark areas where we had problems."

However, Wilson says they will still have all hands on deck.

"We have a lot of our officers. We have plainclothes. We have a large number on bicycles," Wilson said. "We have our special operations unit, counter-terrorism, highway patrol and our narcotics strike force. We use a lot of our officers for this event."

Wilson says two prohibited items they see people bring on a regular basis are coolers and lawn chairs, and they ask that those be left at home. A full list of banned items can be found on the Made in America website.