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Downtown Safety Preparations For CMA Music Fest

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by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Police are making their final preparations to help keep festival goers safe during the CMA Music Fest.

Officials said starting Thursday and through the weekend, there will be ramped up police presence this year compared to last.

Metro Police said that's not for any particular reason other than they have more personnel and equipment available to them this year.

One new tool they will be deploying is called Sky Cop – a trailer with a remotely-controlled camera-equipped 30-foot mast that can be used to give officers a bird's-eye view of crowds.

Hundreds of officers will be on patrol over the course of the four days, including mounted patrol and officers on bikes and on foot walking around the downtown business district.

Metro Police said they'll also be working in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, but they said that's no different than any other major event in Nashville.

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