Extra security at this year's December Nights

Posted at 7:45 PM, Dec 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-04 22:45:07-05

Due to the security-related realities of "what's happening in the world today," a significantly increased law enforcement contingent will be on hand at Balboa Park December Nights 2015 than in years past, a San Diego police spokesman said.

"You will see an increased (officer) presence," SDPD public affairs Lt. Scott Wahl said.

EVENT INFO: Balboa Park December Nights

Wahl declined to quantify the department's planned staffing for the annual holiday celebration, which is expected to draw in excess of 350,000 revelers Friday and Saturday, or discuss particulars about what prompted the change. He did say, however, that it was not solely due to this week's deadly shooting spree at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

"What we're doing is really looking at the big picture of what's happening in the world today," he said.

The bolstered corps of officers keeping an eye on the festive goings-on at the park will make use of at least one elevated viewing platform and a number of surveillance cameras, according to Wahl.

"We want to encourage people to come down and enjoy the event, and we also make sure they're comfortable (about their safety) while they're there," the lieutenant said, adding that city officials knew of no threats to the public related to December Nights.

Police also ask the public to help by being watchful for and promptly reporting any potentially suspicious activities during the event.