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Law enforcement reassures safety during Kentucky Derby Festival

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Officers on duty Friday, April 19 at Waterfront Park. Officers on duty Friday, April 19 at Waterfront Park.
Corporal Mick Rutherford, Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources Corporal Mick Rutherford, Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources
Signs posted at the Thunder viewing venue at Waterfront Park Signs posted at the Thunder viewing venue at Waterfront Park

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Alongside the 500,000 people that could pack Waterfront Park for the kickoff to the Kentucky Derby Festival with Thunder Over Louisville will be more than 1,000 police officers.

The signs are already posted to be ready for them to search out anything that may seem suspicious. As many people as could be on the land, there will be many on the water too.

"I think we'll have a larger boating crowd then we've had in the past. The river's at a lower level and the weather's going to be better than the past few years," said Cpl. Mick Rutherford with Indiana DNR.

The U.S. Coast Guard will be out alongside to make sure everyone is following the law. Even with all that security seeing the terrorist attacks unfold in Boston has some people thinking twice. Ask any law enforcement who will be at Thunder.

"I think this is as safe as it has ever been," said Rutherford. "There's always that chance that something could happen all the agencies have taken all the precautions we can. I feel very comfortable."

Those precautions will continue into Derby weekend where Churchill Downs is banning several items from the track, including coolers, camcorders and backpacks.

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