L.A. County Fair Will Step Up Security After Recent Shootings

Visitors to the 2019 L.A. County Fair can expect to see a larger security presence than in years past.

After three U.S. mass shootings in the past few weeks — including one in the Northern California City of Gilroy— the fair’s operators say they aren’t taking any chances.

“In light of the environment, we’ve made significant investment to make sure our guests and employees are safe,” said Miguel Santana, chief executive of the Pomona Fairplex (Los Angeles Times). “We always take security seriously but we’ve made a deliberate effort to strengthen our security system.”

That includes a new $200,000 police command center as well as additional security cameras and metal detectors.

The L.A. County Fair is open from Aug. 30 through Sept. 22. Whether public anxiety will be enough to reduce foot traffic remains to be seen.


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