In the wake of the troubling events in New York City and New Jersey yesterday, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told Emmy attendees today “to be vigilant” and promised “a secure environment” — and the top cop kept his word.
There was a noticeable, but not seemingly significant increase in security this year at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. And with temperatures north of 90 degrees, it’s another scorcher here at the Emmys. As press arrived to Lot C today on L.A. Live Way, a police check point inspected trunks as well as cars’ undercarriages with mirrors. While it’s typical to stop at a police check point heading into the Emmys, the mirrors are a throwback to the post-Sept. 11 days and aren’t common at the Oscars or previous Emmys. Also, five officers casually patrolled the media center, which has never occurred in the past. They’re often just seen at the crosswalks outside near the Microsoft.
In addition to the dozen police officers inspecting three lanes of cars, there was also an armored truck with two SWAT team members near Lot C. It’s a step-up in security, but not the full lockdown we’re use to seeing when President Barack Obama or Vice-President Joe Biden come to town.
The LAPD did not respond to requests for comment about the increased security measures in affect on Sunday.
Today’s Emmys also comes as the LAPD have also notched up their presence at the L.A. Rams’ first home game of the NFL season at Memorial Coliseum against the Seattle Seahawks.