KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On the eve of the 85th annual Plaza lighting ceremony, worry isn't on the minds of people planning on attending and police say that's the right attitude to have.
Police have no reason to believe there will be anything but Christmas spirit on the streets of the Plaza Thursday night, but if there's even a hint of a problem, they'll be ready. There's a Plaza security plan in place every year and this year is no different.
Despite protests we've seen at theJ.C. Nichols Fountain and on the streets of the Plaza Tuesday night, barricades went up Wednesday night to start putting up the main stage in preparation for the lighting ceremony.
Police are also preparing, as they do every year. Dozens of officers will be among the crowd, stationed at each intersection with some on foot, others in cars or on horseback. That doesn't count the dozens who will be nearby or here in street clothes, ready just in case.
“It's our job to plan for contingency to plan for what ifs. If we didn’t do that, we wouldn't be doing our job. Is this year maybe a little different than other years because of things going on across the state? Yes, of course it is. Do I think there's going to be a problem because of it? There's nothing to suggest that it is,” Captain Tye Grant of the Kansas City, Mo. Police Department said.
The same plans are already set for Friday night as well in Crown Center for the Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting. Police don't foresee any issues, but ask for your help. If you see a problem or have a problem, don't hesitate to tell the nearest officer.