DPD responds to security concerns at gay clubs

Denver PrideFest is this coming weekend
Posted at 12:58 PM, Jun 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 14:58:17-04

Denver police say they are responding to concerns among gay club owners about security for this weekend's PrideFest.

The owner of X Bar Denver said Monday that he was disappointed that he hadn't heard from police. But Tuesday night, police pushed back. Sonny Jackson, spokesman for the Denver Police Department, said the department started providing outreach to gay clubs and bars just hours after the Orlando shooting.

Jackson said the DPD has an unofficial liaison to the gay community who has identified 18 bars and clubs in the city of Denver to provide outreach, education and guidance in terms of security this weekend.

"Because it is Pride Week," said Jackson. "They're going to hire off-duty officers to work in the bars. We talked to them about how you do that. What is the process? We talked about - 'Hey, how does my bar look as far as being a safe establishment? We'll give them advice that way.'"

The DPD is also working with clubs to make sure all exits and entrances are secure and properly labeled.

There are no credible threats against PrideFest, Jackson said. However, because of concerns, there will be an increased police presence this weekend.