Security Concerns Addressed At Tulsa's Gathering Place

Friday, September 7th 2018, 6:27 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa's Gathering Place opens to the public Saturday morning and many are asking about park security.

Park officials say Gathering Place will have security 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There are more than 100 cameras scattered throughout the park, focusing on areas where the largest number of people will gather, including parking lots and the playground.

On a typical day there will be one officer watching cameras and three to five walking around the park.  On big event days, they'll add more security with the help of private firms and the Tulsa Police Department.

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The main entrances and a couple other areas of the park will also be outfitted with bollards, to ensure no one could drive through the crowd.

"It's kinda  morbid to have to think like that, but, we think like that so people are safe when they come to our park and we try to anticipate what other people don't think of when they go out their door in the morning," said Josh Henderson, Vice President of Operations. 

Park officials tell News On 6, they are also training all 200 employees to have a mindset that if they see something, they should say something.