Security measures in place for Bristol parade

By: Rebecca Turco


BRISTOL – High security measures are in place for Bristol's 230th Fourth of July Celebration.

Area officers are teaming up with state police and federal agents, as they do every year. They will be keeping an eye out for drunk drivers and disorderly conduct.

They're also taking the FBI’s heightened terror alert for the holiday weekend very seriously. “There is no credible threat to this parade, but we recognize that it's the oldest parade in the country and we're prepared,” explained RI State Police Col. Steven O’Donnell.

A contingency plan is in place if the area needs to be evacuated, according to Bristol Police Chief Josh Canario. “There are ways that we can get people in and out if we need to,” he said.

K9s will also be on-hand to help make sure no one has any banned items, like alcohol or fireworks. “If there is a reason to get into a backpack or something, we will do what we need to do,” Canario added.

Officers are asking the public to alert them of any suspicious behavior. “If you see something that looks funny, it probably is, and there's nothing wrong with [police] acting on those things,” O’Donnell explained. “People should take vigilance but also enjoy themselves…because if you don't, somebody else wins.”

Extra officers will be working around the clock during the holiday weekend.

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