(The latest in a series of posts on City government)
In light of an unspecified social media threat mentioning Bethlehem as well as three mass shootings across the country in a week, officials are increasing security at the festival with added cameras, traffic barriers and a visible presence of officers armed with the rifles.
Chief DiLuzio at City Council Tuesday, August 6:
“I believe that threat has been rendered unthreatable . . . We did increase security in certain instances . . . We tweak our security plan every year, basically every day . . . To ignore what goes on around you would be neglectful . . . If it can happen in an Amish schoolhouse, it can happen anywhere in the United States . . . We’re being prepared, and I will ever err on the side of caution.”
Mayor Donchez at City Council Tuesday, August 6:
“Public Safety has to be Number 1.”