DSM is getting portable vehicle barricades that you’ll start seeing later this year at large gatherings like the Downtown Farmers Market.
Why it matters: They’ll prevent vehicles from plowing into crowds, whether purposely or by accident.
- More than 200 people have died and hundreds more have been injured since 2016 from similar incidents, according to incident tracking from the Counter Extremism Project, an international policy organization.
- Cases in Minneapolis and Schaumburg, Ill., are among those in the Midwest that have made headlines.
What happened: DSM accepted this week a $93,000 Homeland Security grant to purchase 10 sets of special vehicle barricades. No matching cash from the city was required.
- The systems can be quickly wheeled into place by a single person, rather than concrete or water-filled barriers that are delivered using trucks and cranes.
- The U.S. Secret Service, multiple cities and some private restaurant owners already use the system, Robert Penfold, a spokesperson for Meridian Rapid Defense Group, told Axios Local's Jason Clayworth.
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