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Dotson: Security plan in place for Fair St. Louis

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Fair St. Louis 2016 being setup on July 1 (Credit: KMOV) Fair St. Louis 2016 being setup on July 1 (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Fair St. Louis officials and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department say they have a security plan for the Fourth of July weekend festivities in Forest Park.

Since 2014, Fair St. Louis has been held at Forest Park. In 2015, more than a quarter-million people attended.    

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says his department knows how to monitor Forest Park with police, but they are still tweaking their security plan.              

For those attending the first day of Fair St. Louis on July 2, you will have to go through one of four checkpoints.

Bags will be checked and coolers and containers are not allowed.

Dotson says private security, uniformed and plainclothes officers will be working the fair.

Police say they are concerned specifically about “soft targets.” They say the recent shooting at the nightclub in Orlando and the attack in Turkey are on their minds.

“There's a mindset that we do as much as we can to keep the perimeter hardened, to look for individuals that don't fit in, don't belong. [They] may have suspicious packages, don't dress appropriately for the environment,” said Dotson.

Dotson says police are also monitoring social media.

Police say there are no known threats against the parade, the fair or any of the activities in Forest Park.

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