Security measures, street closures announced for Friday’s Acker Night

Security measures similar to those that were in place for last weekend’s Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting also will apply to this Friday’s Acker Night.

In a news release this week, the city outlined the new security measures, along with the planned street closures for Acker Night, which is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 8 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the downtown area.

According to Prescott Police Chief Debora Black, security measures for Acker Night will include:

• Road closures will be supported with additional barricade equipment to prevent unauthorized vehicles entering the street closure area.

• Additional bicycle patrol officers will be assigned inside the event area to meet citizen’s call for service needs.

“We will continue with enhanced security measures for this important event,” Black said. “Our number-one priority is the ongoing safety of our citizens and visitors. Pedestrian safety is of particular concern on Acker night, and we remind everyone to be aware of the increased foot traffic and to follow all signals and signage.”

Black added that the police department had “received numerous calls and concerns that there was an actual threat during the Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting. But, she said, “We want to emphatically state that this was not the case.”

The chief stressed that the enhanced measures are a new standard for large events in Prescott, and that they are not in response to any particular threat.

“Events around the nation have led all of us in public safety to continually evaluate our safety and security measures,” Black said.

The Acker Night street closure schedule includes: Beginning at roughly 3:30 p.m., Gurley St. will be closed from Cortez Street to Montezuma Street, and Montezuma Street will be closed from Gurley to Goodwin.

Streets will begin to reopen at approximately 9 p.m. All other streets in the downtown area will remain open, according to the city news release.

More information is available by calling the city’s Recreation Services at 928-777-1552, or Prescott Police Department at 928-777-1900.