Police amp up security at City Tournament

It was a multiagency effort with SPD and the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, which brought nearly 30 officers.(WICS)

Central Illinois was hit with tragedy in September when a gunman opened fire in the cafeteria at Mattoon High.

District 186 schools in Springfield also encountered fearful experiences, with multiple school threats.

“It was riveting when I first got the news and as it continues you think it gets easier after that first one, after the second one, but it does not lessen,” said Sandra Douglas a District 186 aunt.

This led to the school district increasing safety measures for the annual City Tournament

“Give yourself extra time to get to the game because we do have extra security measures in place,” explained District 186 Superintendent Jennifer Gill.

There were tables set up for bag checks and anyone entering had to go through a wand scanner.

“We have officers checking at the doors to make sure there are no weapons brought in,” the said Sergeant Jason Brands, with Springfield Police.

It was a multiagency effort with SPD and the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, which brought nearly 30 officers.

Students said it made them feel safe.

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