Ask Joe: Is Security Sufficient at Artown ?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 7/24/2013 6:42 pm
Jamie Gammon wrote in after seeing a recent post on Facebook about a fight near Wingfield Park during Artown.
Jamie wants to know if there is additional security during Artown events at Wingfield Park ?

I checked with Reno Police about this.   They told me they knew about that fight and they say it was an isolated incident.  They do have regular patrols but they don't feel there's a need to add extra officers for Artown events.
I also spoke with Beth Mcmillan, Artown's executive director..
She told me in addition to police patrols they hire their own security to  staff each entrance to the park.  They feel it's very safe, in fact they don't even allow smoking in the park during Artown events. 
So whatever happened downtown recently was not considered a threat to the general safety at the Artown festival.   Artown, by  the way continues through July 31st.   Mcmillan says they are thrilled with the turn-out they've for their shows all this month.

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