Boston Prepares Unprecedented Security for Marathon
BOSTON (WGGB) — Months of planning by Boston Police, Fire, and EMS crews are being put into action on Marathon Monday, as they prepare to deal with 36,000 runners on the course and nearly one million spectators.
Five-thousand officers will patrol the streets, while EMS teams set up special tents in case of any emergencies. 500 of those police officers will be undercover.
They have installed new cameras along the marathon route and will even use underground bunkers to monitor any situation.
Police announced their plans for heightened security less than two weeks ahead of the race, including discouraging anyone from bringing bags or backpacks, though they were not outlawed.
Anyone who does bring a bag or container should expect to be searched.
More than anything, authorities, Boston residents, and runners are excited to get the festivities underway and show their resolve and resilience after last year’s attacks.