SFPD ramping up security around SF Pride events

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco is beefing up its police presence at this weekend's Pride celebration in response to the Orlando shooting.

For the first time, there will be security checkpoints to get into Civic Center Plaza on Saturday and Sunday, including metals detectors.

"There will be security screening at all of the entry points this year and no bags over 18 inches by 18 inches will be permitted," explained George Ridgely, the Executive Director of the Pride Celebration Committee.

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City officials met at the Office of Emergency Management Monday morning to go over a security plan for this weekend which includes having a lot more officers.

"We'll probably have about a 20-25 percent increase in all the events throughout the city," said SFPD Deputy Chef Mike Redmond.

The health department is reassuring everyone that its hospitals will be ready for any emergencies.

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There will also be a large police presence in the Castro on Saturday night when tens of thousands of people are expected to celebrate.

"I think that adds another layer of confidence that everyone should have," he said.

Steve Porter of Harvey's Bar Restaurant says they also have made changes.

"This year we're not going to allow bags at all and we are going to do pat downs," he said.

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"I think we need to continue to come out and show that we're not afraid," said Raymond Ramirez, a local resident.

The city is also asking its residents to sign up to its emergency "Alert SF" text messaging number 888-777.

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