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Caesars creating armed security response teams

Posted at 11:30 PM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 09:16:16-04

Caesars Entertainment is creating armed security response teams for their Strip properties.

Caesars issued the following statement to 13 Action News:

“Caesars Entertainment is implementing additional security capabilities, one of which is armed response teams. These teams provide valuable additional security capabilities, provide a stronger and more visible security presence and a rapid armed response if necessary to our Las Vegas properties.”

Tourists on the Strip tell 13 Action News they feel even safer post 1 October.

"I was just saying to my husband that it just seems different here," said Diana Cole.

Cole says she has noticed the increased security.

"We live in a different time now," said her husband Ron Cole.

Caesars is following MGM Resorts with their latest move. 

"The tactical teams are for one purpose only and that's trying to stop an active shooter," said retired Detective Phil Ramos. 

Ramos spent more than three decades working for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He says the teams will cut down the response time in the event of an emergency.

"Split seconds count," he said.

The teams will reportedly be composed of retired law enforcement and military officials.

Retired FBI Agent R. Scott Decker says training is key.

"They have to be able to read each other's body language and almost communicate without speaking," he said.