WAUKESHA, Wis. – As the City of Waukesha prepares for the upcoming 2022 events, security protocols and procedures for all events are being reviewed. Enhanced security measures will be in place for major city events and parades.
“I look forward to continuing our great tradition of community events and parades here in the town of Waukesha.” said Mayor Shawn Reilly. “I appreciate the efforts of our entire Waukesha team as we review our safety measures and make improvements.”
According to a press release, one of the enhanced security measures the City will use are movable vehicle barriers (MVB). The MVBs prevent the passage of vehicles and will be a crucial part of the city’s overall security strategy. New MVBs have been purchased by the city and will be used for parades and events such as Friday Night Live in downtown Waukesha.
To effectively use BVMs, the City will establish a defined and gated perimeter around the area where an event will be held. For the parades, a route has been designed that will be used for all future parades held in the city, including the upcoming Memorial Day Parade and the Fourth of July Parade. The City established this parade route in conjunction with the City’s Police Department, Public Works Department and Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department to ensure residents can always enjoy our parades. traditional, while increasing safety.
“We want the public to feel safe coming to Waukesha City events,” Police Chief Dan Thompson said. “While we can never prevent all types of criminal activity, we do our best to ensure events are as safe as possible.”
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The parade route can be seen below. Depending on the location, the City will use a combination of MVBs and vehicles to secure a perimeter around the parade route. As each parade approaches, the City will communicate to the public the times when the perimeter will be in effect.