Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police and the Exchange Club of Savannah say they're "teaming to enhance security measures" at the Exchange Club Fair opening Oct. 31.
A similar event late last year saw a mass shooting in which 7 were shot, none fatally.
"Fair attendees will be greeted by metal detectors at entrance gates, additional law enforcement officers both inside and outside the fair and elevated platforms to allow better oversight of the festivities," says a spokesman.
“The fair is designed to be a family-oriented event and we have taken measures to keep it that way,” said Police Chief Julie Tolbert. “We will not tolerate those with other objectives who would diminish the enjoyment this event brings to so many people.”
Besides the measures above, officers at the gates will be collecting contraband from those entering the fair. Also, back packs and book bags will not be allowed in the fairgrounds. Additional signage will advise attendees of the changes before they approach the gates.
Police and Exchange Club members have studied attendance practices and have determined that some attendees slipped through openings in gates areas around the fairgrounds. The openings in the fences have been addressed and additional officers will patrol the perimeter and parking lots.