ECU official talks about what's done to protect public during events


GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Thousands of ECU Pirates fans gather in Dowdy Ficklen Stadium for games, concerts and other events throughout the year. So what should they, and you, do if a tragedy like the mass shooting in Las Vegas happens closer to home?

It can be scary to think about what we've seen in Las Vegas and during other mass shootings affecting out area, but, according to local police, a lot of planning goes into large scale events.

"Patrons have to go through metal detectors, screenings bag searches to be able to get in for some events that we have and pretty consistently for all events is you're not allowed to bring backpacks in, only a small bag," Chris Sutton, ECU Police Public Information Officer, said.

Although a police presence is important, Sutton said that sometimes officers remain inconspicuous during events. They watch parking lots and gates for any suspicious activity.

Sutton said the most important thing for citizens to do in any kind of situation, dangerous or not, is to alert authorities as quickly as possible. Sutton said police actively use social media platforms as a way to communicate when they suspect something.

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