Prepare for the worst, but hope for the best
When the eyes of the world are on Williamsport in August for the Little League World Series, will any further security measures be needed after Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon?
A Little League International representative says the organization “always thinks about the security and the safety of all the patrons at the World Series each year.”
“We are always reviewing our procedures and protocols, always trying to do a better job than the year before,” said Chris Downs, Little League publicity director. “With the support of both state and local law enforcement we’ve been able to provide a level of security that’s well done and not had to go outside of our means at this point to add additional levels of security.”
City Police Chief Gregory A. Foresman says of his department that “we always hope for the best and plan for the worst.”
Thousands of tourists and visitors must be protected while they’re in the city and attending the Little League Grand Slam Parade that showcases the world’s best Little League players.
City police Capt. Timothy Miller acknowledged that police have a heightened awareness whenever large crowds are gathered because of the potential for targeted of attacks.
There were scores of police and medical personnel along the marathon route and that is an example that no matter how much precaution it taken, if someone or some group is determined enough, anything is possible, according to acting Capt. Lt. Brett Williams.
“There’s a lot of things in place a lot of security concerns we keep confidential,” said South Williamsport police Chief Robert Hetner, whose department is part of the Little League security detail. “There are some things that are visible you see like uniformed officers, and other things under the radar that jeopardize security arrangements, that we just don’t get into a lot of discussions about because they’re kept confidential.”
“We always keep an open mind and look at any potential scenarios that could occur,” Hetner said. “Whether it’s your typical crowd control situation, or something more serious.”