KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Hundreds of thousands of Chiefs Kingdom fans will gather on Wednesday for the Chiefs Kingdom Champions parade and rally.
Protecting fans will be hundreds of officers from over 19 law enforcement agencies throughout the area.
“We want a safe, family-friendly event,” Kansas City, Missouri, Police Chief Stacey Graves said at a news conference Monday outlining details of the parade. “There will be hundreds of agents en route and at Union Station.”
RELATED | Parade route, timetable information
Graves said the KCPD is partnering with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as part of their safety plan, which also includes leveraging additional resources such as detectives and academy recruits to assist.
Police plan to “secure” the parade perimeter throughout the day. The public is urged to be alert to their surroundings and report any suspicious activity by alerting a police officer or calling 911.
Parade participants are asked not to leave any luggage or personal effects unattended and to notify the police if they notice an unattended bag.
There will be seven missing persons reunion sites along the parade route to help families reunite with friends and loved ones. Graves said he learned the importance of the venues after the 2015 Royals World Series Parade in which 100 people were disconnected from family.
LINK | Map of reunification centers for missing persons
“You’ll want to print a spot on the map, maybe once you find your spot, show them where a police substation is or where a fire department is, and really let your kids know this is where you’re going to.” seek help,” said KC Mom Collective Event Director and mother of three, Jamie Young,
The Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department is staffing two medical tents: one on the east side of Union Station and another on the west side of Union Station. Firefighters and EMS personnel will also move through the crowd and assist when needed.
Graves said patrol divisions in other locations around the city will remain staffed Wednesday and be ready to respond to security calls.
Learn more about the parade at chiefsparade.com.