Coast Guard, Police Ramp Up Security for the 4th of July

Agencies have worked together for months to prepare a security and safety plan around San Diego Bay ahead of the massive July 4th celebration

Law enforcement agencies across the United States have ramped up security for the 4th of July holiday and in San Diego, the U.S. Coast Guard, Harbor Police and other officials are prepared.

With half a million people expected to pack into the San Diego Bay for the highly-anticipated “Big Bay Boom” fireworks celebration, there will be a heightened law enforcement presence in the area.

San Diego law enforcement officials are asking anyone who sees anything suspicious on the 4th of July to alert police right away.

“Just report it,” said San Diego Coast Guard Commander Capt. Jonathon Spaner.

“Call the police and let the experts take a look at it,” added Mark Stainbrook, acting Chief of San Diego Harbor Police.

The San Diego Coast Guard and Harbor Police have been working with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force on a security plan for the holiday for months.

As part of the plan, they will put barriers up around the barges that hold fireworks to keep boats away for safety and security purposes.

Harbor Police boats will be patrolling the water, with 70 percent of the agency’s staff working. These boats are equipped with infrared technology that detect heat sources and can travel quickly and cut through large crowds in case of an emergency.

Officials said there will also be security measures in place that aren’t visible to the public.

Though ISIS has urged its supporters to commit attacks on U.S. soil, officials say there is no credible threat to San Diego. But, large crowds in cities like San Diego could be tempting to terrorists, officials said, which is why law enforcement is being extra vigilant.

Capt. Spaner said with security measures in place, the public should be able to enjoy the holiday.

“Go out and have a great time. Be safe. Have a plan – don’t go out by yourself. Enjoy yourself,” he added.

If you see any suspicious activity, call 911, (877) 24-WATCH or channel 16 on marine radio, Capt. Spaner said.


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