Police monitoring Fiesta activities to ensure safety of public

By Garrett Brnger - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - It’s the first day of Fiesta and the party has already started, but as always, with big crowds, it’s a party that needs protection.

San Antonio police said Thursday they don’t have any indication there will be problems at Fiesta festivities. They said they’re going to pay attention to what’s going on around the globe as they keep a lookout, and they also plan for any worse case scenarios.

Police said if something happens at Fiesta, they have contingency plans worked out with the San Antonio Fire Department, hospitals and even federal agencies.

Like every year, police will be patrolling at Fiesta events to ensure public safety. They want to make sure that they’re seen and nearby in case anything happens.

A spokesman for the Police Department said police have portable cameras they have set up at Market Square and NIOSA to give them “extra eyes on the ground.”

“We're going to have a bird’s eye view of things that are going on, so we can pay attention and respond to incidents as we see them. Somebody will be live monitoring those cameras, and that will help us to make sure that everybody's safe,” said Sgt. Jesse Salame, with the San Antonio Police Department.

Police said they’ll be on the lookout for drunken drivers.

Anyone who is going to drink is asked to seek a designated driver to get home.

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