Large-scale events provide local governments with a number of valuable opportunities, including
increasing tourism and revenue; showcasing host city venues and attractions; and, working with
the community to create a positive narrative about the city and its public safety agencies by
serving as a welcoming host for a premier event.
However, with these benefits comes even greater responsibility. Local government leaders must
ensure that the planning and coordination of large scale events are carried out in a way that
balances Constitutional rights and civil liberties with security, accounts for the public’s safety
from a growing variety of threats, and considers public health implications. These
responsibilities primarily fall to local law enforcement. Large-scale events also come with
increased scrutiny of public safety agencies from the media, civil rights organizations, attorneys,
and other watch groups.