Security top priority for Wells Fargo Championship officials

Security top priority for Wells Fargo Championship officials

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 30 at 7:00 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Wells Fargo Championship is back at Quail Hollow this week. 

With a sold-out event and in the wake of the Boston bombings organizers have beefed up security.

After two years on the waiting list, stay at home mother of two, Shannon Johnson, finally got a chance to volunteer at the Wells Fargo Championship.

"I'm making sure everyone has a ticket and watches golf today,” she said.

An extensive part of her training involved security measures.

"Security is definitely heightened this year; you are not allowed to carry backpacks of any sort which typically you were allowed here,” she said.  "Based on incident in Boston we've always done bomb awareness training to a volunteer, but this year included more people, that are going to be here all week."

Like years past, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police's mobile operations center is stationed near the pedestrian entrance.

Police will be looking out for suspicious and unattended packages.

Police say the PGA championship site also encompasses and vast footprint, extra organization and vigilance therefore will be required by all.

"We want the public that is going to enjoy the event to be aware, not afraid and all to be aware to look for the things and if you see something that makes you uncomfortable to let us know and we will address it,” CMPD officer Coerte Voorhees said.
 

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