Boston Makes Final Preparations for 2014 Marathon

New protocols will "preserve the traditional feel and character of the Boston Marathon" after 2013 bombings.
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This is a special report from. I'm -- company York with the CBC news digital special report Boston strong one year. After the deadly marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260. The city of Boston is entering the final stages of planning for this year's race public safety. Becoming the top priority -- -- and there'll be new plans and protocols announced by the Massachusetts emergency management agency the Boston athletic association and other officials. And just few moments will take you to that and it just as it begins but first. For more changes in this year's race sort of -- ABC's Eric Turkey in new York and Eric what are we expecting drastic changes then to protocol. -- insurance going to be terribly drastic but law enforcement agencies have studied the Boston Marathon -- May have looked for ways to Tryon and compensate for what may be a random. Lone wolf type terror attack that continues to be one of the top priorities for law enforcement agencies all around the country and we've seen some changes go into effect. Here in New York for example and another big cities where there marathons since Boston. And -- there have been limits on what runners can carry with them. More screening of runners and and their backgrounds and and a limit to about where spectators can be and what they can carry and I would expect a lot of that's going to focus on the finish line in particular. Along Boylston street in Boston and speaking of the actual race itself there's also going to be new restrictions put in place I understand that those. Suppose -- bandit runners those that actually didn't register. This has been something of a tradition with the Boston Marathon a kind of -- in men and and they accompany the runners along the route that's not going to be allowed. That they don't want to cut down on -- fund but they do want to cut down on the possibility that someone on toward. Could get involved in and hear it wasn't so much that the course itself but remember Caroline and -- hearts are -- of blending in with the crowd. At the end of the race and that the first runners had crossed and then. Of course -- that the backpack bombs go off and they were just simply left at the feet of spectators. -- -- -- And -- hearts -- -- I have thought calmly walked off and returned to their normal lives. So I think you're going to have a lot more eyeballs on the into the race course and a lot more eyeballs on the course itself with the with existing security cameras perhaps more brought in. They're not gonna reveal everything but I think they want people to feel confident they're going to be a million spectators out there and 36000. Runners come come mid April. Given the fact in this -- to a federal case and obviously went beyond city state. Jurisdiction -- about the presence there for police will be FBI will there -- other types. A federal. Security. -- I would imagine -- via a significant presence of all law enforcement types of we're going to be there and that new word Boston Police that's the thing about the marathon attack last year it was so frustrating for police. They had stepped up their presence. In the area in response to growing crowds. Over the last several years -- the Boston Marathon. And they certainly wanna to have that visual presence stepped up this time -- but the actual number of people you mentioned about 36000 participants this year about a million people will be watching as well. Have a thawra said anything about Thacker tried to limit the crowds that are gathered at the stop points along the route. So far no I think they want to show that the marathon can go off safely and they've welcomed everybody we'll see some restrictions and and officials are about to detail those for -- To see what people can carry and where they can be and and how they're going to be allowed to watch the race this year it perhaps won't be as free flowing. As it has been in years past but I don't think -- discouraging people from from coming down if anything just the opposite I think you're going to see. A lot of people want to be there to show their support for the runners for the race and and maybe in an act of defiance against what happened last here. Yeah you and you certainly know that very well for having come in bought covering -- a long period of time that is very strong resilience. And east Yankee country if there. Excuse me -- -- country if there. I'll have to ask for forgiveness on the island but I want to talk -- about the actual case against the the suspected bombers jars or nine -- is -- stand right now. He's going on trial in November and so even as this year's race steps off -- -- and -- will be preparing his defense and and at the moment he is scheduled for and early November start -- to his trial and at the moment it's just waiting -- you know few motions along the way. But beyond that it's simply preparing him for what could be the death penalty who is far as the U. Changes that every makes the Boston Marathon have other marathons of New York City. Do we know of any other major marathons -- taking place across the country have they adopted new rules. Not so much new rules but but definitely some new restrictions and and and we side especially you know in New York Chicago anywhere any big city where there has been -- -- so many spectators and so much attention. Police wanted to pay attention so here in New York for example they had cameras on almost every mile. Of the course not every inch of the course but at least along every mile. There there was a security camera they had police interspersed with the crowds at some of -- the major. Intersections where where spectators tend to gather and Central Park where finishes here in New York. There was a tremendous presence -- and restrictions on how family members could interact with the runners. After that the race had ended and I think you'll see some more of that go into place in in Boston. Remember the marathon already has a lot of security cameras and it was security camera footage that caught Joseph hard time violence and I -- and an FBI facial recognition expert. It was able to compare some of that footage and in pinpoint who he thought. Drop the backpack bombs at the feet of those spectators and including a little boy. And as those incredible technology put to bear I think even more -- that is probably in the -- this time. Well that is covers -- -- the Framingham Massachusetts about those changes let's go there now listen this time going to introduce the executive director. Of the Boston athletic association. -- Thank you -- good morning everyone. As we look forward to patriots day first and foremost of course we never -- and the tragedy. And the suffering that occurred last year. But we also want to do our part in supporting the resilience that we all have come to know that's Boston straw. And our role at the Boston athletic association. Will be to do what we do. Which is mainly putting on athletic events. But that's something done in partnership with eight cities and towns and with the commonwealth. And with a variety of agencies some of whom are represented here today. At all of them are devoted to providing -- -- -- public safety. It's all of them. Who provide for the security and public safety that is so -- Important -- part of this event every year this year of course as well. Our job in the area of public safety is to support them. And we would never presume to do more than that we've worked together for a long time all of us often right here in this building in this -- And it's certainly been true this year. The people here represented at all of the people whom they represent. Certainly for all of us represented bring out the best in all of us. And we're proud to follow their lead in this area. -- one issue on which I can provide perhaps just a bit of clarity on a recent issue. Involves military focused participation. Surrounding this year's marathon. The BAA has a longstanding commitment to the military community. And this year there will be some 300 runners participating. In the marathon and a variety of groups running. Currently serving -- recently deployed personnel that are heroes program. Service academy personnel veterans with the freedom team people representing a variety of other service connected. Groups. The matter of ruck marchers which is to -- soldiers. Marching in full pack. Has also received some recent attention and -- -- -- update that. Slightly in the situation here is is this. On the day of the marathon and in the -- Massachusetts National Guard will have a 130. Troops marching down the course on patriots day without -- In a year where there's many runners as we have this year that's really as many as can safely be accommodated. But in addition. In an event that we at the BAA fully support. On April 19 which is the actual date of patriots day. The friends of the military based here in Boston. Through there tough rock program will conduct a full pack -- march. Involving a thousand or more marchers. On the battle road in Concord in cooperation. With the support of the National Park Service. There organized today are the military friends through their tough -- program. Are organizing and coordinating all rock marchers water march and show their support on patriots day weekend. They have posted details on their website. And there's more information to be had there. Thank you Tom. Today is -- first of a number of conversations and public discussions. That we will undoubtedly have over the next five weeks about the safety and security plan for the for this year's Boston Marathon. Our plan is comprehensive. It is the product of more than seven months of work. But more than. A hundred public safety personnel. From the eight cities and towns that support the race and numerous other local regional state and federal law enforcement. And public safety officials. Late last summer. Public safety and municipal leaders and the BAA the Boston athletic association. Met here at me about to launch the planning process -- to agree on the broad goals and objectives for the plan. At that meeting we agreed that -- primary. Their primary goal is true preserve the traditional -- and character of the Boston Marathon. Our safety and security plan accomplishes this goal. 36000. Runners and perhaps more than one million spectators. As well as residents and businesses along the course. -- once again experience the marathon as a fun festive family oriented day. Our security plan has been informed by what happened last year and our collective a valuation. Of what -- worked well. What could have worked better and the lessons we learned. The plan also reflects the security experiences and best practices. Of other major events around the country and world. Since last year's marathon. Police officers from the Boston Police Department state police. The transit police and others have traveled to other cities and countries. To evaluate their plans and systems and the best practices that they have identified. Have been incorporated. Into our plan. Our plan is layered and emphasizes preventing any type of criminal or hostile act at this year's -- There are elements of the plan that we are prepared to talk about today. And there are -- elements of the plan that we will not be talking about. Either because they're not finalized. Work because security would be compromised. By talking about those components of the plan. Let me highlight some of the elements of our plan. First we are enlisting the support of runners and spectators. In ensuring that we have a safe event. Foremost we are asking runners and spectators to remain -- -- to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings. We are promoting the simple slogan if you see something say something. If anyone sees suspicious conduct or suspicious items. They should report it to the closest uniformed law enforcement officer or call 911. The 36000. Official participants in this year's race have already received information on the safety and security rules that apply to them. For most they have been advised that they will not be allowed to run with backpacks. Or other over the shoulder backs. But they well will be able to carry Fanny packs and fuel belts. And this year runners will not be taking bags with them from Boston to Hopkinton. These new rules both enhance security. And help manage the logistics of her race with 9000 more runners. We are also asking spectators to follow simple and common sense guidelines. If you are coming to watch the marathon. Please please do not carry backpacks or over the shoulder backs please do not carry large coolers or large bulky items. And please do not Wear costumes or masks. And if you are going to carry personal items we -- -- urge you to carry them in clear plastic backs. These simple guidelines -- followed. Will comfort people particularly. In crowded -- areas and will help ensure the safety of the event. In some areas particularly those that -- truck traditionally draw on the largest crowds. Spectators approaching the course may passed through screening checkpoints where people who work carrying backpacks or other Baxter -- Bulky items may be asked to open their backs for inspection. These are reasonable security measures. People who are not carrying backpacks or other larger bulky items -- simply passed through those screening checkpoints. I can. We -- spectators. Not to carry these items and to carry smaller items in clear plastic facts. We are also strongly discouraging -- authorized runners from being on the course and attempting to participate. In the marathon. This year with the addition of 9000 more runners the course will be at capacity. To ensure the safety and security of the runners and the security at the event. Only participants. With official -- should be on the course. And in no event will anyone be allowed to enter or remain on the course -- -- backpack or over the shoulder -- Or any large or bulky items. There have been some media -- media reports about the role of military marchers in this year's race -- -- as you've heard from Tom. There will be a 130 National Guard soldiers marching as official participants. In this year's race. They will Wear BAA -- they will march on the side of the road in groups of ten or less and they will not carry ruck sacks. The course can accommodate these 130 soldiers. But with 9000 more runners this year the course simply cannot accommodate. The 1000 or more military marchers. That have expressed an interest. In March. This year runners and spectators we'll see more uniformed officers police officers along the course. And as they approach the course and in some areas the uniformed police officers will be accompanied by bomb sniffing canines. This year in addition to the significant increase uniformed police officers. There will be a much larger deployment of plainclothes. Officers. And all eight cities and towns in a particularly. And particularly in those areas that have traditionally drawn. The largest crafts. And we have embarked on an ambitious training program. To ensure that the plain clothed officers and uniformed officers. Receive focus training in advance of the marathon on detecting suspicious conduct and suspicious items. We also will significantly increase the number of video surveillance cameras. Along the course and are greatly enhancing our ability to actively monitor those cameras and use the information from those Canner. Cameras to respond to any type of suspicious. Conduct or behavior. As in past years the National Guard will support the Boston Marathon. By deploying approximately 400 soldiers along the course to support local law enforcement. Primarily in the areas have traffic and crowd control. This year those 400 National Guard soldiers will be trained and certified military police officers. In addition to these local regional and state efforts. We are integrating increased federal support in this year's safety and security plan. We are fortunate to have always enjoyed a great working relationship with the FBI. ATF. DHS. Secret Service and other federal law enforcement agencies and this year they have been sick they have significantly increased. Their support. For the Boston Marathon. And supported these efforts the Department of Homeland Security has appointed -- federal coordinator for this event. Assistant special agent in church Steve marks from the Secret Service who is here with us today and he and his team have been on the ground. Working with us for many weeks coordinating federal support from a number of federal law enforcement agencies. Between now and marathon day. Local and state police officers will be working with our federal partners. On pre event threat assessments. And pre event intelligence and -- analysis. And on April 21. The joint terrorism task force under the supervision of the FBI will be involved in safety and security operations. Finally we have significantly strengthened our ability to share information in real time across all eight cities and towns. And to quickly and effectively coordinate support. For the incident commanders in each of the cities and towns and to manage the response to any type of public safety incidents. Each city and town will stand up emergency operations centers or command posts. And those will be tied to a multi agency coordination center. Located here at -- in the headquarters. In this facility close to 200 people from dozens. Of regional local regional state and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies. Will monitor the marathon. Share information support local incident commanders and coordinate the management of mutual aid resources that may be activated -- in response. To any type of incident. I want to reiterate as I closed that although the safety and security plan this here is comprehensive. Much more comprehensive than last year. And there will be a significant increase in the number of police officers and other public safety personnel deploying. We are confident. That the overall experience -- runners. And spectators will not be impacted and that all will enjoy a -- Festive family oriented day. In closing it I think Tom -- statement -- -- the Boston athletic association for its support. And commitment to public safety and I want to recognize the public safety leaders that are here with us today. And they're incredible commitment to planning and to a safety and security plan. That strikes the right balance between safety and security. And ensuring that we maintained occurred the traditional character and feel of the Boston Marathon. And with that we will now take questions. We look to you live streaming this news conference win at Framingham Massachusetts where they -- -- emergency management agency director -- Schwartz you see at the podium there. Has been addresses and -- changes to this year's Boston Marathon. Some of the changes that he outlined their soldiers he usually march -- the course. Are still not allowed to do so in this year's marathon they can affected that two days prior to event -- -- -- patriots state the actual marathon though. 121 of April also for runners themselves not allowed to be carrying backpacks or any over the shoulder bags. They are allowed to Wear Fanny packs and those fuel -- the stripper on their waist and also those spectators expected to be about a million strong. Are also encouraged not to bring backpacks -- not to bring coolers not to bring bulky items to the marathon for any points along -- there. And in addition the actual race itself has -- back more than 9000. Will be participating so that'll be about 36000 -- that are are expected to take part and among those 36000 will be about a 130 national Guardsmen. Will be marching alongside monitoring the root throughout that entire day there what are the other things that's been somewhat of a tradition for the Boston Marathon is mayor bandit runners jumping into the courts at any point encouraging some of those writers throughout that will not be happening this year as well as security has been. Tightened up given the marathon bombings from last year. And lastly the marathon runners. Will be noticed fleeing more uniform police bomb sniffing canines video surveillance that will be on the increase as well and the writers themselves are being told to be very vigilant and being asked not to Wear masks not to Wear costumes. And essentially to be aware of their surroundings. On that day and of course that is the very latest on those changes that are happening on that April 21 running of the Boston Marathon -- be -- want her eighteenth annual event. And certainly the -- is there. Living on to that motto that was involved from the -- promised -- -- Boston strong as -- -- going forward the planning now. Again that news conference will be live -- right here and of course you give up the story in real time by downloading ABC news -- And starring this story for exclusive updates on the go. For -- I'm Dan -- New York with the CBC news digital special report.

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