Police, Secret Service, Many agencies Will Work Together for Rose Parade Security

PASADENA— Security along the Rose Parade Route will be a joint effort according to the Pasadena Police Department. With hundreds of thousands of people expected along Monday’s 5 1/2-mile Rose Parade route, law enforcement agencies “cannot do it alone” when it comes to security and anti-terrorism efforts, officials said Wednesday.

“The Pasadena Police Department will rely heavily again this year on our community,” Pasadena Police Chief Phillip L. Sanchez said. “We have invested in a theme for many years now of, ‘See something, say something.”‘

A team of agencies will assist Pasadena police in providing security for the parade and Rose Bowl football game, including the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Rob Savage, the special agent in charge of the Secret Service's Los Angeles field office. Photo by Keyang Pang
Rob Savage, the special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Los Angeles field office. Photo by Keyang Pang

Despite the large police presence, “It is equally important for the public to know that you serve a vital role in the success of this plan, whether you are attending these events or not,” said Rob Savage, the special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Los Angeles field office.

Bomb-sniffing dogs, a “no drone zone” and barricades blocking vehicle traffic from entering the parade route at its 56 intersections will be part of the security plan.

Officials also have undertaken efforts to thwart any attack on the parade using a truck as a ramming tool, as has happened in France and Germany during the past year.

Water barricades will be used to prevent any vehicle from being able to travel at high speeds leading up to the parade route.

Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, middle, speaks about safety issues ahead of next week's 128th Rose Parade as he is joined by Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington, left, and Rob Savage, special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service,right. Photo by Keyang Pang
Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, middle, speaks about safety issues ahead of next week’s 128th Rose Parade as he is joined by Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington, left, and Rob Savage, special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service,right. Photo by Keyang Pang

Prohibited items along the parade route include: weapons, sticks, poles, drones, glass bottles and any items which may cause injury or interfere with the parade or spectators’ enjoyment of the parade.

SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

As part of ongoing efforts to provide a safe environment in which to enjoy its many events, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® has partnered with the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Police Department in “See Something, Say Something™,” a nationwide campaign to raise the public’s awareness of indicators of terrorism and to emphasize the need to report suspicious behavior promptly to the proper law enforcement authorities.

If you witness a crime in progress or other emergencies, call 9-1-1. For non-emergency matters, including activity that you believe to be suspicious, call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241. You can also report criminal activity to CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 222-8477 or online at www.lacrimestoppers.org. (Be sure to reference Pasadena if you use this method.)

You can also text this single word —   ROSEPARADE  — to 888777 to get up-to-date text message alerts from public safety officials as needed.

Also, follow the Pasadena Police department on Twitter – @PasadenaPD.

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