Increased Video Surveillance, Security Measures Implemented for Big Ten Football Championship Game

Ten new cameras were purchased by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to increase surveillance and fix ineffective cameras.

INDIANAPOLIS — The recent mass shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., and in Paris have authorities here stepping up security measures ahead of Saturday’s Big Ten Football Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium, WBIW reports.

The 67,000-seat stadium is sold out for the game. Homeland security officials say the city’s familiarity with the event — this is the fifth time Indianapolis has hosted the Big Ten Championship game — means the city is more prepared to handle events of this magnitude.

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Part of Indianapolis’ preparation for the event is placing video surveillance in as many places as possible. WBIW reports the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) has purchased ten new security cameras to replace failing ones and to provide more surveillance downtown.

“We have a very robust camera network downtown and we do spend a lot of time monitoring those and they do play a big part in keeping people safe and also offering a preventative measure for folks coming to a big event like the Big Ten,” IMPD Homeland Security Commander Ted Fries said.

Michigan State and Iowa face off for the Big Ten title on Saturday night at 8:17 p.m.

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