After Las Vegas shooting, police prioritize security for Jason Aldean concert

Jason Aldean's appearance Oct. 13 will bring heightened security.

North Little Rock, Ark.(KTHV) - Jason Aldean was on stage when shots rang out at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas.

He is scheduled to perform in North Little Rock Oct. 13. The shooting in Las Vegas brings up questions once again about event security.

This will be the second stage appearance for the country star after the massacre in Las Vegas.

Verizon Arena and the North Little Rock Police Department are gearing up for a big, safe country music concert  according to Sgt. Brian Dedrick.

"We've met with Verizon Arena and we'll have several more officer working not only inside, but also outside," Dedrick said. "We'll be focusing more on the outside."

Standard protocol includes bag searches and metal detectors. Dedrick said — to calm fears — extra officers will staff the Aldean concert.

"We want to make sure that everyone feels safe, we want to have numerous officers there if anything comes up."
Dedrick said.

He wants to alleviate any safety concerns that fans may have in the back of their minds, especially after the Vegas attack.

"We'll still have the scanners, the metal detectors. They also have plain clothed security that work down there also," Dedrick said. "You'll see more of that."

Ten thousand fans are expected to show up for the concert. North Little Rock Police will also be watching from above in their mobile security tower.

Dedrick said, the arena and police want to make sure everyone feels safe — including Aldean.

"Our main goal is to make sure people have fun and to make sure we have a big presence there to make sure fans feel safe."

Police will also make security a top priority next week at the Bruno Mars on Oct. 22.

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