More than one month before the 2014 Boston Marathon, on Monday law enforcement and other government officials are planning the security for the traditional event that last year experienced the horrific death and destruction resulting from the detonating of two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by a pair of Radical Muslim brothers, according to police and security officials.
According to the head of Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), close to 4,000 well-armed police officers will be on duty during the marathon.
The MEMA chief, Kurt Schwartz, noted that there will be more than double the amount of manpower and resources than was deployed in 2013, when the two bombs blew up at the race's finish line, leaving three people dead and wounding more than 250 attendees.
Attendees to this year's marathon are being advised that police and security personnel will not allow backpacks, rolling bags, picnic coolers, or large items. They are also being advised to carry their personal articles in clear, transparent containers.
According to law enforcement commanders, spectators who show up for the marathon with large bags will be need to be searched, they said during a televised news conference.
These latest security measures are based the proposed rules for runners that were released to the news media and public in February by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA).
Besides the Boston Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police, law enforcement and emergency services departments from the surrounding cities and towns along the marathon's route have been meeting for months to come up with a plan to beef up security following last year’s deadly attack.
"Boston police detectives, through their involvement with other local, state, federal and private sector partners, facilitate the sharing of criminal intelligence to all necessary entities including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative," according to a statement on the BPD website.
The two brothers "suspected" of building the so-called pressure-cooker bombs and placing them in backpacks near the finish line in 2013 were identified quickly by police. The older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died following a shootout with police just days after the bombing, while Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges that may lead to the death penalty if he is convicted.