Topeka preps for Trump rally Saturday evening

TOPEKA, Kan. — Days ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit this weekend, police officers and businesses continued to get ready on Tuesday for the event.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the rally at the Kansas Expocentre, with many others also planning to protest or catch a glimpse of the president outside.

While security measures are being kept secret, Topeka police said officers from multiple jurisdictions will be involved in keeping things safe.

“We have officers coming from the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, the Kansas Highway Patrol, Lawrence, Douglas County,” said Lt. Andrew Beightel of the Topeka Police Department. “We’re bringing in everybody to make sure that it goes as seamless as possible.”

Officer Beightel told 41 Action News that police have been checking social media sites this week to monitor any possible threats for the event.

Days before the rally, he said police would continue coordinating plans for security both inside and outside the venue.

“We station offices at every single door. We station officers at every single entry point,” he said. “There are going to be several cameras. We all have radios so we can communicate with each other.”

Just across the parking lot, staff at the Capitol Plaza Hotel said they were expecting to deal with plenty of extra traffic this weekend.

While the hotel is booked with guests for a conference this weekend, they told 41 Action News that their parking lots will be crowded.

“Right now, we’re just looking at how to control that traffic because we know there’s going to be a lot of individuals here,” said Capitol Plaza Hotel Regional Director of Sales & Marketing Dena Soden. “I wish we had more rooms here to give them because we didn't have enough availability to house the Secret Service.”

As the event gets closer, Soden said she was excited to welcome the president.

“It’s hype,” she said. “We’ve got something going on here in Topeka, Kansas.”

Saturday’s rally is expected to begin at the Kansas Expocentre around 6:30 p.m.

Ticket information for the rally can be found here.

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