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Officials Discuss Security Measures For The Boston Marathon

Massachusetts State Police

        Security plans are in place for this month’s Boston Marathon, which comes five years after bombs were exploded at the finish line. 

         Federal, state, and local law enforcement officials said there is no known credible threat against this year’s marathon. 

         At a press conference, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt Schwartz said one of the goals of the security plan is for the marathon to remain a family event.

         "We are doing everything we can to encourage people of all ages to come out on Marathon Day, and along the 26.2 miles, to view the race, cheer the runners, and celebrate Patriots Day," he said.

        In addition to traffic and security cameras, three tethered drones will be used to monitor the race route.  Up to 8,000 police officers and National Guard troops will be on duty.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.