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New Security plan for Lakefront

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CLEVELAND, OH -

19 Action News has learned of an aggressive plan to keep crowds along Cleveland's Lakefront safe and under control.

This marks the first Fourth of July since the Metroparks took over the Lakefront Parks from the state.

The Metroparks have about 50 rangers patrolling from Huntingdon Beach to Wildwood. They're patrolling on horses, on foot, on bikes, in cars, and Cleveland Police are patrolling as well.

In fact, rangers are even teaming up with the police to manage it all by using the city's emergency operations center. Plus, the Metroparks arranged to have a city prosecutor on scene. This would allow investigators to get quick rulings about charges without having to leave the scene and go downtown.

Already at midday, one woman told us her mother had been arrested on a traffic warrant that came to light after rangers asked about beer.

Others told us they were glad to see the patrols, although they've never really seen big trouble at the Lakefront on July 4.

Depending on the weather, rangers were expecting about 200,000 people to hang out, enjoy the beaches, and watch fireworks.

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