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Security Beefed Up for Thursday at the Square

BUFFALO, N.Y.  - There was extra law enforcement as well as security on hand for this week's installment of Thursday in the Square, but they weren't there to serve as extra-protection for Grammy-winning performers Los Lobos. Instead, they were there as part of a new protocol to help keep the streets of Buffalo safe during the free outdoor concert.

The extra forces were placed in response to a number of fights that had been breaking out during and post-concert, when the large crowds begin to overwhelm the city sidewalks.

The coordinator for the events, Michael Schmand of Buffalo Place, added that he welcomes security to ensure the concert goes off without a hitch.

"The city has seen a need to assign more officers down here. And they've taken the initiative. We have a large crowd down here, when you have a large crowd you need to maintain the quality of life for downtown Buffalo and they've responded." 

Schmand added that he also believes a majority of the incidents stem from those who are soliciting the streets, not those actually attending the event.

Buffalo Police as well as Buffalo Place will continue to provide security for the weekly concert, which concludes next week with The Fabulous Thunderbirds coming to the square.
















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