Heightened security at this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade, which precedes tomorrow’s (Jan. 1) Rose Bowl game between the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan, has prompted local officials to enlist the help of motorhome owners who annually park along the streets of Pasadena.
Although unoccupied RVs along the parade route will be towed on New Years Eve, citizen volunteers on Jan. 1, along with members of the Pasadena Police Department, will ask every RV owner on the route to act as extra eyes and ears and to report any suspicious activities.
“RVs will be subject to search along the route when officers believe it is necessary,” stated Janet Pope, adjutant to the Pasadena police chief.
The Los Angeles Times reported that police plan to give recreational vehicle owners assisting police commemorative decals for their efforts.
The Rose Bowl is just one of a number of holiday venues subject to additional security measures during this year’s Christmas and New Year’s holidays, as the nation has been place on a heightened alert because of alleged reports of possible terrorist activities.