Dallas Council briefed on safety plan for Bush Library dedication

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

WFAA

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 10:42 AM

DALLAS –– Police Chief David Brown says there is no higher security than what is planned for this week with the opening of the Bush Library. The Dallas Police Department says it's ready for the worst.

“We had always built our plan in the worst case scenario and hope for the best obviously, Brown said. 

Dallas police, along with other agencies like the Secret Service, have been monitoring any kind of chatter that would lead them to believe someone is planning an attack. So far sources say they've received no real threats.   

But, Brown asked the public to report anything suspicious. 

"It could be a key piece of evidence of what might happen and really help us and mitigate something happening or resolve it much quicker because it's been reported by so many people," he said.

Much of the department's security plan will focus on dignitary protection. They, along with the Security Service, are responsible for escorting all five living presidents plus other dignitaries to the events. 

The City Council's Public Safety Committee was privately briefed on the security plans on Monday. The dedication will be Thursday. 

Councilwoman Pauline Medrano says, “I feel very confident about the overall plan."

Like the Super Bowl and other large-scale events, the department is making sure high risk targets like the water supply and high profile buildings are secure.

Officers aren't being allowed to take any vacation this week so they have enough officers in case something happens. Dallas is also activating its Emergency Operation Center,  just like it would for a major emergency like a tornado.

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