In Wake Of Orlando Shooting, HPD To Beef Up Security For Upcoming LGBT Pride Events

The festival and parade are scheduled for Saturday, June 25th in downtown Houston.

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HPD Executive Assistant Chief George Buenik (speaking) and Lieutenant Michelle Chavez with special operations discuss increased security for upcoming pride parade.

In the wake of the Orlando mass shooting, police said are they are taking extra security precautions for Houston’s upcoming pride parade.

HPD Assistant Chief George Buenik said in a press conference on Monday, they have decided to add extra patrols downtown during the event.

“They can expect to see additional officers in police cars, additional officers on foot, additional officers on bikes. So there will be a large presence so we deter any criminal activity, but also so we have adequate resources to react to anything that does seem to happen.”

There will also be officers in plain clothes in the crowds.

Buenik said they want people to come downtown to enjoy the parade without any fear.

The pride festival and parade are scheduled for Saturday, June 25th in downtown Houston.


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