Police prepare for All-Star Week crowds

Posted at 7:04 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 22:04:13-04

San Diego police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said the tragic events in Dallas have not altered her department's plan to keep visitors safe at this weekend's All-Star Game FanFest at the San Diego Convention Center.

"Our contingency plan is very comprehensive and very thorough, so we did not have to make any changes to our contingency plan," said Zimmerman.

The chief said security will be the same as it is for all large events, such as Comic-Con and Gay Pride weekend.

"You're going to see a significant amount of officers in uniform. You're going to also see officers on bicycles. You're going to see officers on foot. We got cameras up and also we have quite bit of officers who are in plainclothes," said Zimmerman.

Although no additional security measures are in place, the chief said her officers are watching their backs more than usual.

"We practice officer safety all the time, so one of the things that we reminded our officers is to certainly have that heightened sense of awareness because of what happened in Dallas," said Zimmerman, who added that Thursday night officers patrolled in pairs.

"Number one for safety reasons, but another reason is to have someone to talk to," Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman said her officers are patrolling with heavy hearts, but they are more committed than ever.

"We reminded them that we took that oath to protect and serve, and I will tell you that every single one of our officers, it just strengthens their resolve as to why they became police officers," said the chief.

She also asked for people to show their support for the men and women who wear the uniform.

"Give them a thumbs up. Let them know you appreciate everything that they do because it's an honor for us to wear this uniform, this badge," Zimmerman said.