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Securing Sundance: How DPS is Helping Local Officers

Monday January 15, 2018

The Utah Department of Public Safety, Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC), is supporting the Park City Police Department in its security planning and preparations for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, the SIAC will remain engaged in the security operations throughout the entirety of the festival, providing ongoing criminal and counterterrorism intelligence assistance to aid the Park City Police Department and other security partners ensure a safe and secure festival for Utah’s citizens and visitors.

The SIAC is Utah’s designated intelligence fusion center, established to serve as a public safety partnership, to appropriately collect, analyze, and disseminate intelligence to public safety professionals and enhance the protection of Utah’s citizens, communities and critical infrastructure.

In preparation for ​the Sundance Film Festival​, SIAC ​staff ​have closely coordinated with the Park City Police Department on a range of efforts to promote a secure environment for festival attendees. SIAC support has included providing briefings on current ​criminal and terrorist ​trends​, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as providing specific details on ​SIAC capabilities and technologies available to the event security decision makers. Additionally, the SIAC staff have conducted Community Awareness Training​ (CAP)​ for Sundance Film Festival event staff, theater managers, city council members, ​law enforcement​, a​s well as the general public​. The CAP training is designed for delivery to community groups and businesses, emphasizing the continuing threat of terrorism to the homeland as well as public safety fundamentals like vigilance and reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement.

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