ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – With St. Louis playing host to its second international soccer match of the year this Saturday, the St. Louis Police Department has added responsibilities in addition to its usual security concerns.
“We’ve asked our FBI friends to give us a threat assessment and they say there are no credible threats toward St. Louis,” St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says.
The extra layer of security comes amid terror threats that have forced the closure of American embassies in the Middle East and Africa.
“With the tone that’s being set around the world and the concerns, even closing embassies and consulates around the world, we’re paying attention to this and not just from the national terrorism perspective,” Dotson said.
Terrorism threats aside, there are still the usual concerns that come with hosting a major event.
“We want to make sure we’ve got extra patrols downtown, that people don’t leave things…in plain sight in their cars,” the chief added. “Just kind of the things that we talk about every day.”
Dotson and the department had additional security measures in place for a May 23 match at Busch Stadium between Chelsea and Manchester City. No problems were reported.
Saturday’s game between Real Madrid and Inter Milan will be indoors at the Edward Jones Dome.
“The first one is always novel and as you start to do things over and over, I don’t want to get lulled into a sense of complacency, but we can’t elevate our response every time there’s a soccer match, just like we don’t for every baseball game and every football game,” Dotson added. “So we’re prepared and we’ll have resources but we’re just going to monitor it.”