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LMPD updates Metro Council on Derby related event security

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Just two days before the Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade, officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department updated the Metro Council Public Safety Commission on security details for the Thursday event.

"We've taken into consideration the things that could and may happen, um in light of everything that happened in Boston," said Councilman Kevin Kramer, chair of the Public Safety Committee. "The police have redoubled their efforts to make sure they know where things are, where the crowds are going to be, and what's going to be going on there."

According to LMPD Assistant Police Chief Kenton Buckner, 700 officers will be on patrol during the Pegasus Parade and 1,200 on hand for Oaks and Derby.

The joint task force will include officers from the following agencies: Louisville Metro Police Department, University of Louisville Police, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky National Guard, Lexington Police Department, Kentucky Motor Vehicles, Kentucky Department of Transportation, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms.

While no new security measures have been added for the Pegasus Parade, Kentucky Derby Festival organizers said those planning to attend the parade should be prepared for random parcel searches.

"A lot of people bring coolers and bags down to the event and stake out their spot along the sidewalk," said Aimee Boyd, a KDF spokesperson." Those are subject to search."

Over at Churchill Downs, guests can expect to see some major changes this year.

New bans have been enacted on a variety of things ranging from coolers and tents, to camcorders, tripods, and purses larger than twelve inches. For a complete list of Oaks and Derby changes, click here to visit WAVE 3 News' Digital Derby Guide.

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