City Officials Outline Safety Plans for the 118th Boston Marathon

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Today, Saturday, April 12, 2014, Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans along with several other city officials gathered at a press conference outside of City Hall to discuss and detail some of the security measures being taken in preparation for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon which is scheduled for Patriots Day - Monday, April 21, 2014.  

Said Mayor Walsh: “Our goal for the Marathon is for everyone to enjoy the Marathon. It’s important to know that the Marathon will not be fundamentally changed this year. It will be the Boston Marathon, just as it’s always been.”

Said Commissioner Evans: “I’m confident in our plan. Unfortunately, since 4/15, things have changed and, as a result, security for the race will be enhanced and stepped up as well. That said, we’re not looking to scare people. We don’t want to intimidate people with the police presence out there. That’s not our goal. But believe me, we’re gonna have plenty of assets and, if need be, they’ll be rolling in very quickly. But the goal is to make it a safe family day.”

Those attending this year’s Boston Marathon should take note of the following:

  • The number of Boston Police Officers assigned to the race (including both uniformed and undercover personnel) will be increased.
  • The level of video surveillance in and around the Boston section of the Marathon will be increased and enhanced.
  • The use of backpacks and baby strollers – although not prohibited – are being strongly discouraged. Those who choose to use a backpack or baby stroller can or should expect to be searched.
  • Access in and around the Marathon Finish Line will be restricted. Streets will be closed and parking limited. Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged.
  • Spectators who see anything suspicious are asked to notify police. If you see something – say something.  Community members can call 9-1-1 or the anonymous CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS.
  • The BPD will maintain a strong presence on social media, not only on race day, but in the days leading up to the race as well. For up to the minute public safety announcements and information, community members should monitor: bpdnews.com, the BPD’s official Facebook page at: facebook.com/BostonPoliceDepartment or the BPD’s official twitter account at: @Bostonpolice.
  • The BPD has created a dedicated race day only anonymous text line. To report suspicious activity on Marathon Monday, community members can text ‘Boston’ to 69050.    

In addition to the above, Boston Police Department is asking spectators at this year’s Marathon to be cooperative and compliant as it relates to – not only the enhanced security measures – but also our officers efforts to effectively implement and enforce them. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support in our collective efforts to make sure that 118th running of the Boston Marathon is one of the best.