Sun, sand, music and heightened security pretty much sums up Memorial Day Weekend on South Beach. The Miami Beach Police Department is currently preparing for the annual holiday weekend party, commonly referred to as Urban Beach Week, by beefing up security as much as possible. “Prevention is key,” said Detective Vivian Hernandez. Prevention takes a lot of planning, which started not long after last year’s festivities ended. Cameras, both mobile and stationary, have been installed throughout the city. Ready to be deployed throughout the city of Miami Beach are a total of 62 light towers, twelve visual messaging boards and three watch towers.
Roughly 400 officers per shift from multiple agencies will pack the streets of Miami Beach.
In addition to extra bikes and ATVs, the Police Department has a new vehicle on loan referred to as an LTV.