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Police: Downtown Cleveland events and security

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With the Cleveland marathon about a month away organizers are now taking another look at security.

The explosions in Boston are already affecting plans for the May marathon.

The Cleveland Marathon draws tens of thousands of people from all over the world. So what if it draws people with bad intentions? 

Cleveland police are bringing in bomb sniffing dogs. Police say they'll check out trash cans and vehicles sitting in one place. 

And now the marathon is planning to bring its own dogs too -- days ahead of the race.

It's something organizers have done after bomb threats to the Boston Marathon in the past.

"We will use them and bring them in as we have in the past. And you'll see them along the race route within the next couple of weeks," said one organizer.

Cleveland has also been adding more security cameras downtown, so it might be harder to get away with anything. 

Police develop race day security much like security for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. 

In the end there's no way to guarantee no problems, when it comes to a public event.

But police are already talking about taking more steps to keep the Cleveland Marathon from ending like the Boston Marathon.

Meantime, Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath released the following statement after Monday's explosion in Boston.

"Our thoughts go out to all affected by the explosions in Boston. 

The Cleveland Division of Police, through the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center, is in direct contact with the Ohio Department of Homeland Security.  The Division and the Fusion Center remain in close contact with law enforcement entities along the Eastern seaboard.  At this time there are NO credible threats to our area.

However, in light of the tragic incident in Boston today, the Cleveland Division of Police, along with our law enforcement partners including the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Police Department and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, will coordinate deployment in response to this incident.  Cleveland Police will have increased patrols in the downtown area this evening.  Our canine unit is currently deployed and our Bomb Squad is on stand-by.  Further, we will have increased patrols throughout the evening tomorrow during downtown events.  Our Field Force remains on standby to respond if necessary. 

We remind the public to stay vigilant in reporting suspicious activities.  Remember to call the police when someone or something looks suspicious.  It is very important to get good information for the police to follow up on.  Keep in mind that license plates, and vehicle and suspect descriptions, are important leads that can be used to apprehend suspects. If you see something, say something.  Policing is a partnership and we strongly encourage you to stay involved and aware of your surroundings.  Suspicious activities and suspicious individuals should be reported to police.  Report suspicious activity to 1-877-OHS-INTEL. For an immediate threat, always dial 9-1-1."

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