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MPD Chief "taking different approach" to 5th Quarter Classic security after Las Vegas shooting

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It's only a few days away from kickoff of the second annual Fifth Quarter Classic at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

The big game, and events in the days before it, has Mobile Police making special security preparations.

According to Police Chief Lawrence Battiste, the recent mass shooting during a concert in Las Vegas has his department looking at security preparations in a different light. 

"Based off the events that occurred in Las Vegas, we are strategically looking at things in a different setting, some things we probably would not have thought about in the past, but because of the events that occurred in Las Vegas, we are taking a different approach to looking at the area, how we can best secure the area," said Battiste. 

There's not only the highly anticipated football match-up between two HBCUs, Jackson State and Tuskegee University, that will take place on Saturday night, there's also a parade that morning, and an R&B concert in Mardi Gras Park on Friday night in downtown Mobile, which is the newest addition to the Fifth Quarter Classic fun. 

Battiste said that new event will likely make the total cost of securing the classic go up from last year. 

He also said his department will make sure that concert will be as safe as possible. 

"We augment with SWAT personnel, we augment with folks from our tactical intelligence, we do all sorts of things to try to make sure we are able to gather as much intelligence on the ground as we possibly can, before an event, during an event, and after events, talking about what did we see and what can we do better," explained Battiste. 

Battiste also provided some tips for anyone going to the Fifth Quarter Classic events this week. 

Make sure to drink responsibly, to keep your wits about you in case of an emergency. 

Also, be constantly aware of your surroundings, and identify an emergency exit plan from the event, so if you have to flee in a hurry, you will know where to go. 

The chief also said to look for areas of cover and concealment, places you can hide, and be shielded from harm. 

And finally, if you see anything suspicious, don't hesitate to report it to police. 

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