HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — Following a shooting that left a child dead and three others injured, the city of Hoover and the owner of the Riverchase Galleria have announced increased safety measures to provide a more secure and comfortable shopping experience at Alabama’s largest shopping mall.

“This plan focuses on many aspects of mall operations,” Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato said in a written statement. “There are several measures that we have already implemented, and others that are being added as soon as possible.”

Actions already taken to improve safety are:

  • Hoover Police Department has increased the number of officers assigned to routine patrol inside the mall and has expanded the hours of these police patrols.
  • HPD has reactivated the substation at the Riverchase Galleria and has based a patrol group there, which will increase police presence around the entire mall property.
  • Galleria owner Brookfield Properties has added specially trained gun-detection canines that are nonintrusive and do not detract from the shopping experience.
  • Brookfield Properties has invested in new equipment to improve instant communications between their security staff and Hoover Police Department.
  • Months ago, Brookfield Properties upgraded the camera system in the mall’s common areas.
  • Brookfield Properties has added more security patrols in the parking decks.

Additional measures underway include:

  • The City of Hoover and Brookfield Properties are jointly exploring advanced preventive technology that provides pinpoint security at large facilities.
  • Additional security features are being added to the parking decks to enhance the safety of mall shoppers and those who work in or visit the office tower.
  • Hoover is exploring additional ways to increase permanent police presence at the mall.
  • Hoover is working to fill all vacancies within Hoover Police Department.

“People expect to come to the Galleria and have a safe, fun family experience, and we will provide that type of environment,” Brocato said. “Riverchase Galleria is a critical part of our local economy. In partnership with Brookfield Properties, we are making the Galleria a safe place to shop and enjoy time with family and friends.