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October 30, 2013

Stealing the spotlight

Number of Halloween visitors might hinge on Sox

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Enhanced security has been the focus this year, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Roughly 200 police officers will be in the city tomorrow night, in uniform and in plainclothes, from the Salem Police Department and a myriad of out-of-town agencies.

Tucker said his team will have a meeting tomorrow morning and will tailor their detailed security plan according to whether the Sox will be playing or not. If so, there is a possibility of a “second wave” of revelers spilling out from bars and events after the game ends, Tucker said.

“We’ll have enough resources in place and a 24-hour lead time,” he said.

If it weren’t Halloween, manpower from NEMLEC, the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council would probably be headed to handle crowds at Fenway Park.

“NEMLEC is committed to come to Salem,” said Tucker, who is NEMLEC vice president. “We’re first priority.”

“While we’re all certainly hoping for the Sox to wrap this up in Game 6 tonight, we still have to plan for the possibility of the final game of the series falling on Halloween,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “The city and our law enforcement partners have incorporated this contingency into our public safety plan, including consideration of how we will make up for any diversion of planned resources to Boston for the game. Our expectation is that a Game 7 may reduce the quantity of people out in Salem on Thursday, but in any event, we’ll be ready.”

Downtown streets will begin to close at 4 p.m. Thursday (see map), and concerts and events will be happening throughout the city over the course of the evening.

Beverly native and “American Idol” finalist Angie Miller will perform on Salem Common at 8 p.m. Her brother’s band, Exiting the Fall, will open for Miller at 7 p.m.

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