Law enforcement ramp up security at Common Ground


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – As tens of thousands of people are anticipated to pour into Lansing’s “Common Ground Music Festival” the next few days, first responders are doing their part to make sure everyone stays safe.

It may have been a smoldering hot day to kick off this year’s 4-day festival, but that didn’t hold back country fans from braving the heat.

“There’s plenty of water on site, there’s water fountains throughout, you can purchase water you know we recommend people stay hydrated,” said Jenna Meyer; Marketing Director of MiEntertainment Group/Common Ground Music Festival.

While this crowd enjoys the live music, law enforcement is ramping up security.

“When you get a large enough group in a nice confined area especially with weather like we’re having in this heat, we actually want to make sure that we have a focused response team,” said Mike Tobin; Lansing’s Emergency Management Chief.

Chief Tobin says inside the command center is how first responders keep track of what’s happening and where.

“We have more than 20 security cameras up throughout the park to make sure people are safe, trying to catch stuff if the heat gets to some people or they get a little rambunctious we can catch it beforehand,” Chief Tobin stated.

And Lansing Police Captain Daryl Green says LPD takes security very seriously. He says the department even brings in additional officers to cover all their bases.

“We look at trends throughout the year. They’ll be some nuances as far as our safety plan that have changed a little bit, but ultimately we’ve had a stable plan that’s been consistent,” said Captain Green.

But most importantly, Captain Green says stay vigilant and if you see something that’s concerning, don’t be afraid to call 911.

“We have an adequate response out here and we will do our best to ensure that this is another safe year for those that come out to common ground,” Captain Green stated.

Organizers of the festival say this year they’ve implemented a “Safe Bag Policy” that limits the size and type of bag that can be brought in to the event.

There’s also a list of things that people can’t bring inside as well. You can check that out under “Seen on 6.” We’ve posted a link to the “Common Ground” website there.

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