Security measures put in place for Truman's homecoming

Security measures put in place for Truman's homecoming. (Photo: Amber Draper/KTVO)

The safety of people at large events is always a big concern for law enforcement officers.

This weekend, hundreds of people will be coming from surrounding cities to participate in Truman State University's homecoming.

KTVO spoke with the Kirksville Police Department to find out what security measures are put in place during one of the most attended events of the year.

“We have our normal patrol function going on that time and we also have the assistance of the sheriff’s department.”

The annual parade, the football game, and tailgating are only some of the events that are featured each year at Truman's homecoming.

Lt. Mark Wellman says the police department has always taken the safety of people attending homecoming seriously.

He says the parade is always the biggest security risk.

“We try to have officers present at every intersection of the parade route.”
“Officers can, on foot, respond immediately to the situation.”

Wellman says several thousand people attend the parade each year.

He says they normally have 15 extra officers on duty during the parade.

Every year during homecoming, Wellman says their department makes an effort to communication effectively with the Department of Public Safety.

“We will have a meeting approximately an hour before the parade starts."

When it comes to the security of the football game, Wellman says DPS normally handles that event, but their department is always available in case of an emergency.

Other than Truman's homecoming, Kirksville's High School Homecoming and the NEMO Fair usually require more police officers to work during the day.

On Saturday, the first event to kick off Truman's homecoming is the Bulldog Forever Homecoming 5K which begins at 8:00 a.m.

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