Posted on August 11, 2014 at 4:02 PM
Monday, Aug 11 at 5:42 PM
FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Safety is a huge concern in, and around, Ferguson following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Sunday night’s riots brought out a large police response in the North County community, and that continued into Monday.
On Monday afternoon, officers from the Missouri Highway Patrol, Vinita Park, St. Louis County and Ferguson were seen patrolling the area around West Florissant Road and Church Street,
“It’s tense, it’s very tense. Everybody is looking over their shoulders,” said one resident.
Nearby, St. Ann police said it canceled vacation time and called in reserve officers. The department says it is increasing patrols in St. Ann as a precaution, while still sending as many as ten officers to Ferguson at a time.
“We want to make sure that our city is definitely covered, which it is,” said St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez. “We have plenty of manpower. We have been prepared for this.
News 4 crews saw police from communities as far away as Town and County, Olivette and Creve Coeur in Ferguson Monday.
In a news conference Monday, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said, “I want to assure the public and I want to assure everybody that we have the adequate resources to deal with this, should it continue and I pray that it does not.”
Chief Belmar said the entire third and fourth precincts responded with the Special Operations Bureau Sunday night.