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BOSTON (PIX11) — As 36,000 runners and more than 1 million expected spectators descend on Boston for the city’s iconic marathon, members of the New York City Police Department will be on hand to help beef up security in the wake of last year’s deadly bombings at the finish line.
Technicians, dogs and robots from a highly valued NYPD Bomb Squad Unit will be stationed at two points along the route. They’ll be on alert for any suspicious packages, ready to diffuse one if found.
The bombs that killed three people and wounded 264 others last year were placed in backpacks.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton accompanied his team to the route Monday. A Beantown native, Bratton is the former commissioner of the Boston Police Department.
“The Boston Marathon is a special thing for anybody that grew up in Boston and I just feel very honored to be asked to participate in providing some of the now-much expanded security for the event,” Bratton told PIX11 News in an exclusive interview.
Bratton said that ever since last year’s tragedy, an NYPD detective from the department’s intelligence unit has been assigned full-time to Boston.
The NYPD commissioner said that detective has been exchanging information between departments and helping NYC law enforcement learn what they can from last year’s attacks.