Following the attack in Charlottesville, the Chapel Hill Police Department is using experience from other communities and past events to prepare for potential conflict.
Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue said public safety managers are monitoring activity in other communities and identifying potential conflict areas where people are expressing opposing opinions. He said they are working to formulate the best plans and responses for each event.
“I think every time there’s an event where you can learn from the experiences of that community and from the experiences of the decision makers, then you should do that,” Blue said. “And we are certainly monitoring what is happening in other communities and trying to evaluate tactics and strategies to keep everyone safe based on what we’re seeing happening elsewhere.”
Blue said the Chapel Hill Police Department works closely with UNC's campus and the extended community. He said they have a lot of experience working together to manage large scale events such as Halloween, street festivals and UNC basketball victories.
“You know the kinds of plans that support those kinds of events in our community are scalable to other kinds of events,” Blue said. “In that regard, we have built the kinds of plans and relationships with partner agencies to be well prepared.”