After Boston Marathon attack, NYPD eyes security for running events
Faced with two major public running events this weekend, the NYPD plans to re-evaluate security plans after the deadly bomb blasts during Monday's Boston Marathon, police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Tuesday.
The events -- a 5k run/walk on Sunday to the National September 11 Memorial and a 4-mile race in Central Park -- will see a counterterrorism presence from police, said Kelly, who acknowledged how life in the city has changed since Sept. 11, 2001.
"In this post-9/11 world, we have to be concerned, we have been concerned, we add what we consider a counterterrorism overlay to many events and that will certainly be the case this weekend," noted Kelly at a City Hall news conference with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"It is certainly our intention to have a marathon and to have all other events that make America, the state and city what they are," Bloomberg said.
Kelly said there were no specific threats against New York City after the Boston bombings that killed three and injured scores of people, some critically. But city officials reacted within minutes of the Boston attack and said they will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
"We re-evaluate our deployments, we added resources where we thought they were necessary. We've been doing that since the attacks in London and in Madrid. We use both our intelligence analysis capability and just common sense," Kelly said.
Monday, police sent critical response vehicles to major hotels and patrolled houses of worship, actions that will continue, he added.
As part of its ongoing intelligence operations, Kelly said the NYPD sent two sergeants to the Boston regional intelligence center to gather information that could be useful for New York's counterterrorism operation.
"We want as much information as we can get, as quickly as we can get," Kelly said.
Bloomberg and Kelly stressed that New Yorkers should remain vigilant and report anything suspicious, advice that residents seem to be taking seriously. In the 24 hours since the Boston bombings, the NYPD logged 77 reports of suspicious packages, compared with 21 in the similar period a year ago, Kelly said.
Despite the nearly 12 years since 9/11 and the counterterrorism programs put in place nationally, Bloomberg said it was still surprising that the Boston attack took place.
"I don't think anybody expected bombs to go off at the end of a marathon," Bloomberg said. "We do live in a world where terrorists can attack in unpredictable ways. One thing you can reasonably be sure of is that they won't do the same thing two times in a row -- which makes protecting the public that much more challenging."