Cleveland: Police increase patrols after Boston Marathon bombings

9:08 AM, Apr 16, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Police Chief Michael McGrath released a statement regarding the local reaction and response to the Boston Marathon bombings.

Patrols have been increased downtown, police K-9 units have been deployed and the bomb squad is on stand-by.

McGrath said "Our thoughts go out to all affected by the explosions in Boston. The Cleveland Division of Police, through the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center, is in direct contact with the Ohio Department of Homeland Security."

"The Division and the Fusion Center remain in close contact with law enforcement entities along the Eastern seaboard.  At this time there are NO credible threats to our area."

"However, in light of the tragic incident in Boston today, the Cleveland Division of Police, along with our law enforcement partners including the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Police Department and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, will coordinate deployment in response to this incident.  Cleveland Police will have increased patrols in the downtown area this evening."

"Our canine unit is currently deployed and our Bomb Squad is on stand-by.  Further, we will have increased patrols throughout the evening tomorrow during downtown events. Our Field Force remains on standby to respond if necessary."

McGrath reminded the public to stay vigilant in reporting suspicious activities. "Remember to call the police when someone or something looks suspicious.  It is very important to get good information for the police to follow up on.  Keep in mind that license plates, and vehicle and suspect descriptions, are important leads that can be used to apprehend suspects. If you see something, say something," McGrath said.

McGrath said to report suspicious activity to 1-877-OHS-INTEL. For an immediate threat, always dial 9-1-1.  

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