FLINT (WJRT) - (8/26/16) - A perfect forecast. A milestone 40th year. Community support surrounding the water crisis. All factors in fueling record crowds Saturday. Local police officers have finalized their plans to keep all of those people safe.
"A lot of months of planning," said Flint Police Lt. Todd Pillsbury. "It's a collaborative effort between the Crim Foundation, local state and federal agencies using all known technology to make it safe event."
The Crim Festival of Races will bring thousands to Flint's streets, both racers and people on the sidelines. The city-wide course means a huge area to protect.
It won't just be Flint officers on hand. Pillsbury says those who come out will see departments from around the county and state on the ground and in the air.
"We're using K-9 dogs and we'll have air support from the State Police," he said. "There will be plain clothes officers from different jurisdictions in the crowds."
But that's really just the tip of the iceberg. With a possible record crowd and a growing awareness of violence nationwide, police are doing a little more to secure this year's race.
"I can't go into details...but in light of the events in the country...We're taking extra precautions," said Lt. Pillsbury.
And there's something runners can do to help officers get the job done.
"(They're) advised not to bring backpacks," said Lt. Pillsbury.