Almost one year ago, on June 12, 2016, was a mass shooting at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida, that was the deadliest to target the LGBT community in the United States and the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001. The shooter killed 49 people and wounded 53 others before he was shot and killed by Orlando police.
Stivers said the Orlando attack opened opportunities for police to reflect on tactics, training and relationships with businesses downtown. It also led to an active-shooter training exercise in cooperation with Club Masque. Training included lights, music and fog so officers could be familiar with the nightclub’s environment in case Dayton experiences a similar act targeting the LGBT community.
However, Stivers said police have no reason to suspect any unusual problems at the pride celebration. She encourages attendees to be mindful of their surroundings and report anything suspicious.
“Dayton is an incredible, diverse community, a very welcoming community,” she said. “Downtown is a very safe place to come and enjoy activities like this.”
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