Extra officers and helicopters watching over Bloomsday

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 9:14 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane Police Chief and the Spokane County Sheriff came together Tuesday afternoon to explain how Bloomsday security will operate in light of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Security restrictions include:

    *Runners cannot wear backpacks (including "string-style" backpacks)
   
    *No camel packs
   
    *Small fanny packs are allowed (subject to inspection)
   
    *Participants pushing strollers can bring a bag to carry what they need

    *Spectators cannot bring backpacks or coolers to the course
    
    *No bags may be left unattended at any time.

Chief Frank Straub said security is going to be top priority during the race on Sunday.

“Certainly the incident in Boston has been a factor in terms of what we're going to do relative to security for this year's event," added Straub.

Local police and the FBI have been reviewing security plans for Bloomsday. Authorities said everyone involved will notice a difference in their presence on Sunday because of the bombings in Boston.

“This is a 36-year event in the City that has always been a very safe event; all we're doing is tweaking it," Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.

They asked that everyone report anything suspicious to officers or volunteers at the event. Straub said this will be quicker than calling 911.  Authorities began working on the Bloomsday security plan months ago.

Yet, authorities said they’re adding extra layers to security following the Boston attack. Runners and spectators should expect to see more uniformed officers and others in plain clothes. Straub said runners will also notice two helicopters above the race.

An emphasis will be placed at the beginning and end of the course according to police.

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