Increased police presence at special events

The Memphis Police Department is stepping up security at major events to keep you safe.

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin says they will now increase safety patrols at large crowded areas, such as sporting events, tourist areas, and entertainment arenas.

At some events, the department will deploy special units, such as the bomb squad, the canine unit or the TACT unit.

Officers will also be posted with patrol rifles.

The department says these new measures are not intended to alarm citizens but to ensure their safety.