Police to have extra officers at Fun Fourth Festival in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – More than 90,000 people will pour into downtown Greensboro for this year's Fun Fourth Festival — an event filled with vendors, food, and five live-music stages.

But this year, Greensboro police will have even more officers and watchful eyes on the ground.

"We don't anticipate any problems,” said Deputy Chief James Hinson Jr. “What we want to do is plan for anything that may occur."

"We'll have increased officers in their vehicles. We'll have additional officers on foot patrol as well."

Hinson says they aren't taking any chances after the FBI and Homeland Security sent out an alert to law enforcement nationwide Friday, telling them to be vigilant of possible terror attacks this holiday weekend.

“The alert is something we're concerned about and should be concerned about," Hinson said.

While the alert doesn't mention a specific threat, officials want police to be on guard to ongoing threats made by the terror group ISIS.

Hinson says there have never been any major problems at the festival, but wants the department to be prepared.