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Police on alert ahead of the Salt Lake City Marathon

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – After this week’s bombings in Boston, all eyes are on the Salt Lake City Marathon and that couldn’t be truer for law enforcement.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – After this week’s bombings in Boston, all eyes are on the Salt Lake City Marathon and that couldn’t be truer for law enforcement.

Since Monday, detectives and intelligence specialists have been manning an information center in the Salt Lake City Police Department.

“This is kind of the nerve center of this operation,” Deputy Chief Mike Brown told ABC4’s Kim Johnson. “Anything that has to do with the security of this event will be monitored through this operation.”

The Salt Lake City Marathon is the first major marathon after the bombings at the finish line in Boston. Law enforcement in Utah want to make sure what happened there doesn't happen here.

Intelligence services from across the country are here to help provide surveillance.

“There's always the possibility, so we're just here to assess and see what we can provide,” said Paul Dellatorre, director of operations, for Academi. “Anything that is suspicious and anything that stands out any tell tale signs, that’s we'll be looking for.”

Eyes will be watching on UDOT traffic cameras along the race course looking for suspicious activity and Salt Lake Police have already set up cameras at the finish line in Liberty Park.

Police hope none of this will be needed, but just want the public to know if there is a threat they're on top of it.

“We can’t do everything, but everything we do help relieves the fears and makes this event what it should be,” said Brown.

If you see anything suspicious, police would like you to call 911 or dispatch at 801-799-3000.
Or you can send an email to slcmarathon@slcgov.com
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