Hartford Police step up security for marathon

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Whether it is the shooting in Las Vegas or the bombing at the Boston Marathon, Hartford Police and regional law enforcement are learning from the incidents of the past to make sure this Hartford Marathon is as safe as it can be.

Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley says there will be a cop on every corner, and a crime center will be up.

“Yeah, Vegas happened, but prior to that what have you been seeing? Vehicles driving into crowded places,” he explained. “So we will have heavy equipment in place donated to us by a company called All Waste. We will have dumpsters and trucks around the starting line protecting the runners.”

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Deputy Chief Foley says certain police officers will also be given tablets so they can access the command center and close to 1,000 cameras. That way, they have it right in hand if something happens and can go right to the camera they need and see real time what’s going on.

“We will have software and technology at this event to make sure it is a safe event, and we are also going to do some things to protect the large crowds,” he explained.

Police let News 8 into their command center just after a security marathon meeting wrapped up Thursday morning. More than 60 different personnel and agencies were on hand as they continue to plan for safety.

Beth Shluger, CEO of the Hartford Marathon Foundation, says they have been planning safety and security for months.

“It’s a great day of celebration and happiness and great community spirit as it should be, and we are making sure that we are prepared,” she stated.

Police say not only will there be a visible officer on every corner, but there will be a lot of protection in place that you won’t see.

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