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Columbus Police outline safety measures for annual Pride celebration

COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) - On Thursday, the Columbus Division of Police laid out how officers plan to handle safety and security at the annual Pride celebration in downtown Columbus.

This year, police have added a new tool to aid security efforts: text alerts. You can text Pride2018 to 888-777 and you will receive one-way alerts from Columbus Police. You can’t send messages directly to them, but the alerts will inform you of any security information you may need.

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said the city believes the annual parade is the third largest Pride celebration in the United States. Her department put new security measures in place two years ago after a gunman opened fire inside Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Those security measures are still in place.

Jacobs also said officers will investigate any possible danger or threats.

“Anything that we get, we try to track down,” Jacobs said. “You might’ve seen a Homeland Security alert the other day that’s being followed up on.”

If you see anything suspicious during Pride, you’re urged to call 911. Make sure to be aware of your surroundings and travel in pairs or groups of people.


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