Both uniformed and plainclothes police will be on hand at "Dark Knight Rises" screenings in Los Angeles this weekend
Moviegoers attending screenings of "The Dark Knight Rises" this weekend in Los Angeles will definitely notice an increased law-enforcement presence.
Both the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department tell TheWrap that they are increasing security at theaters and other public gathering places, after a shooting tragedy at a "Dark Knight Rises" screening in Aurora, Colo. left 12 dead and dozens injured.
An LAPD spokeswoman said that the department will deploy extra officers at theaters and other venues throughout the weekend.
In addition to extra patrols of uniformed officers, undercover officers will also be placed inside certain theaters, the spokeswoman said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Friday that it is on heightened alert, and will also increase its presence.
"While the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado appears to be an isolated incident, our vigilance has been raised," Captain Mike Parker of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau said in a statement. "The heightened alert of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department includes increased patrols to create a more visible presence at movie theaters and other places where people congregate."
Encouraging citizens to contact law enforcement if they see something "that just doesn't look right," Parker added, "Our thoughts and prayers go to the many victims, families, friends, and first responders affected by this senseless crime."
The heightened vigilance on law enforcement's part is a bi-coastal phenomenon. Earlier Friday, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that there will now be a police presence at theaters throughout the city.
"As a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado, the New York City Police Department is providing coverage at theaters where the 'The Dark Knight Rises' is playing in the five boroughs," Kelly said in a statement.