As the stages for Ultra Music Festival were being constructed at Bayfront Park, Miami’s police chief said Wednesday he is focused on security at and surrounding the event.

“We have a lot of police officers that are working,” Chief Jorge Colina said during a news conference. “We have plain-clothed officers. We have marine patrol in the water, officers on the ground, aviation units.” Counter-sniper officers will also be positioned above the festival.

Colina said with the recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the mass shooting in Las Vegas last year, officers will be positioned on elevated observation points so that every vantage point of the festival is in the line of sight of law enforcement.

“Officers are able to look down and see what’s happening, and if something occurs we are able to react sooner,” Colina told Local 10 News.


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