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2001 Magnum Crew
Yes it is very true. Some of the officers even carry guns. So it's not your typical mall security operation even though there are few negative things I could say about some of the officers.
I for one feel as safe or safer at CP (or Hershey - another park without metal detectors) as I do at a park with metal detectors (let's take Six Flags New England or Six Flags Great Adventure as examples). It can be a major hassle getting through those things in the morning and would make the "running of the bulls" or "Millennium Mile" (whatever they call it) not the same.
2001 Magnum Crew
"Lots of good those metal detectors did on September 11"
"To get into this head of mine, would take a monkey-wrench, and a lot of wine" Res How I Do
2001 Magnum Crew
You need to look at the big picture. Exactly what good would metal detectors do at CP? If I wanted to get a weapon in the park it wouldn't be hard, even with metal detectors. For instance:
I could go in the park and then have a friend drive around Perimeter road and lob a weapon over the fence.
I could check into the hotel and bring a bomb along with me.
I could pull up to the shoreline in my boat.
The list could go on and on.
Thing is, when you're considering security at a place like CP or any other amusement park or resort, there are several things to consider. Start with the fact that most people are there to have a good time. Continue with the fact that most of the incidents Security is going to have to deal with are situations where people are interfering with each others' desire to have a good time. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that it's a lot simpler, a lot cheaper, and a lot more effective to concentrate on dealing with problems as they come up in the park rather than having the security staff sit and stare at magnetometers all day.
Busch Gardens learned the hard way (BGW had metal detectors during its halloween event last year, and doesn't now). If the park has decent security to begin with, metal detectors are more trouble than they are worth.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
I think that metal detectors and searching are more for patron security from domestic issues rather than just terrorism. Great America had their detectors up well before 9/11. At the Festival grounds in Milwaukee there were several incidents of gang fighting with knives and guns at the festivals and people being held up in the restrooms. When they started checking everyone at the gate with metal detectors and searches the problems stopped. There hasnt been a single incident since then.
I personally welcome the added security parks are adding because the world we live in today is not a safe place and people cannot have fun if they dont feel safe. I now make it a point to thank each and every person that checks me at the gate for the job they are doing and the service they are providing me in making sure I have a safe and enjoyable day.
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