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LMPD, Churchill Downs officials discuss Derby / Oaks security at presser

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Churchill Downs and Louisville Metro Police co-hosted a press conference Tuesday morning to provide information regarding security and traffic issues for the 2013 Kentucky Oaks Day and Kentucky Derby.

LMPD's Colonel Kenton Buckner, Major Kelly Jones, Lt. Joe Seelye, Lt. Todd Kessinger, Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery and TARC Communications Manager, Jon E. Reiter, were the featured speakers, according to a news release.

Police say there will be roughly 1,200 law enforcement officers providing security for Oaks Day and the Kentucky Derby -- roughly the same number they've had in previous years, according to police.

"Our plans are flexible we'll go where the need is, we'll address problems and we'll do anything that comes to our attention during the event," said LMPD Maj. Kelly Jones.

What will be different this year, is increased wanding at the gates, which means an increase in the number of officers at all the entrances.

Churchill Downs representatives say they don't expect this to cause a backup at the gates, because many items that had to be inspected in previous years have been banned this year. Although they say they plan to deal with attendees carrying banned items "as gently and respectfully as possible," those attendees will not be allowed to bring the items inside.

They add that security personnel will not be able to hold confiscated items for pickup later.

LMPD Maj. Kelly Jones had a simple tip for the public: "If you see something, say something."

He added, however, that authorities are not aware of any threats against Churchill Downs.

"It's really about everybody working together, the law enforcement officials, the people working here at the race track, and the fans here and the patrons. If you see something say something, we all just need to use common sense and help one another," said Churchill Downs President, Kevin Flanery.

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