UPDATE Roswell PD: No Fake Weapons, Costumes at Aurora
Off duty officers are always present at Aurora Cineplex.
UPDATE: Friday, July 19, 6:31 p.m.: In wake of the shooting at a Colorado movie theater during Thursday's midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises," some law enforcement agencies have stepped up patrols of local theaters, however Roswell Police say they will maintain their current level of security.
According to Roswell Police Spokeswoman Lisa Holland, Aurora Cineplex hires the department's off-duty officers for extra security.
"Aurora Cineplex is deeply saddened by the events last night in Colorado. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families affected by this senseless tragedy," wrote Aurora General Manager Scott Satori in an e-mail to Patch.
Satori said the theater has always made security a top priority, but is especially sensitive to the matter after the incident in Colorado. He said a meeting among management today will have the theater "reinforce" security procedures with staff. Aurora will also increase its staff and the awareness of its security team.
"At this time, we will not be changing our show schedules," Satori wrote. "However, in an effort to assist security efforts, we will not be allowing anyone to enter our facility with fake weapons, face-covering masks or any other costume that may make other patrons uncomfortable."
The theater will offer refunds to patrons who are not happy with the new policy.
"We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure that all of our guests can enjoy their movie in comfort and with peace of mind," said Satori.
In nearby Johns Creek, the police department has said they will have no extra security at Regal Cinemas Medlock planned this weekend, but they will be on alert.
"We always have two uniform police officers at the Regal Cinemas every weekend. That’s at the request of the theater, and it’s been that way since the department started in 2008," said Rosemary Taylor, communications manager for the city of Johns Creek.
Other local police departments stated the same thing.
In Cobb County, Sgt. Dana Pierce, public information officer at the Cobb Police Department, says that the uniformed presence at most movie theaters in his county should be sufficient to prevent patrons from attacks.
"There is definitely the possibility of copycat attacks," Pierce said. "However, most theaters already have uniformed police officers or sheriff's deputies on duty already."
According to Suwanee Police spokesperson Capt. Clyde Byers the department plans no extra security. "Not at this time," he said.