Salmon Days may up security

May 14, 2013

By Peter Clark

After the Boston Marathon bombings April 15, event organizers across the country are reconsidering security concerns and those who run Issaquah’s annual Salmon Days festival are no different.

“We’re very aware of it,” Salmon Days Director Robin Kelley said. “We’ve been through this before with 9/11.”

She said organizers will have a concerted effort with the Issaquah Police Department and have already begun to review their measures and see if there is any room for improvement.

“We defer to the police department for the specifics,” she said. “We’ve shared all of the information with them we’ve received through the festival industry. They are a well-oiled machine.”

When comparing the experience to 9/11, Kelley said that it was a heightened situation because the festival was only a month after the events that occurred in 2001. She said both tragedies are similar because they made security more paramount in festivities planning.

“It reminded all of us just to be aware of what to look for,” she said. “We want to make sure we are doing everything the police ask to make sure everyone is safe.”

Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said that the department has begun preparing for an increase in security for the festival, which they always take seriously.

“We generally have a pretty good police presence,” he said. “And, we are already considering some additional things for Salmon Days.”

He would not give out additional information in the interest of safety.

“We don’t expect any problems, but we will have additional officers,” Conrad said. “We’re aware of the security concerns and actions we need to take, especially with the events in Boston.”

This year’s festival is Oct. 5 and 6.

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