Increased Security At Faster Horses

Posted at 2:26 PM, Jul 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-21 14:26:51-04

BROOKLYN, Mich. (WSYM) - The weather may keep some people away from Faster Horses horses, organizers are still expecting a massive crowd.
FOX 47's Marcus Dash spoke with organizers and police about how they plan on keeping people safe.

"Our whole goal is public safety that is our whole focus," said Jeff Patterson.

Cambridge Township Police Chief Jeff Patterson says after last year's tragedy in Vegas they have asked for more support from other law enforcement in the area and he says it makes a huge difference.

"We did add more manpower, asked the state police to assist inside, they beefed their up patrol on the outside as well," said Patterson.

On top of added law enforcement, the festival has added checkpoints all over Michigan International Speedway, including full on car checks, and searches to make sure people aren't bringing in things they shouldn't.

"The security itself here at this facility has increased with checkpoints and things like that to check vehicles, we have confiscated over a hundred guns," said Lenawee County Sheriff's Office Captain Jeff Ewald.

One of the concert attendees told me that these security checks are creating longer lines and traffic for her and friends. 
However, she says only waiting a bit longer in the car is worth it for her well being.

"It's really good because you know there are safety issues and you know people shouldn't have certain things when they are in here so they should be checking and it'll keep us safer," said Katie Navarro.

Chief Patterson told me the long lines of traffic aren't a checkpoint issue, it's because people aren't sure where they should go.
He says in the meantime people should have fun while they work to get the traffic going.

"Be safe, look out for one another, we are looking out for them the best we can," said Patterson.