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A Memorandum from the Boston Police
The Boston Police have asked us to disseminate the following letter to students regarding Monday’s Boston Marathon.
A Memorandum from Superintendent Bernard P. O’Rourke,
Commander, Boston Police, Bureau of Field Services
Dear Boston Area College and University Students,
This Monday, April 21st, Boston will host the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. This event signals the beginning of spring in Boston with all of its related activities and visitors from around the nation and the world. This year’s marathon will take on a much greater significance due to the tragic events of one year ago. We have been preparing for months with many partners, both public and private, on a safety and security plan that will allow both athletes and spectators to participate and feel a level of comfort. Marathon related activities have begun and will continue throughout the weekend.
The safety and security plan includes increased police presence, EMS staffing and emergency communications, street closures and traffic advisories to ensure a safe and successful series of events. They include;
• The Boston Police Department (BPD) will have an increased presence of uniformed and undercover officers along the marathon route.
• Over 100 cameras have been installed along the Boston portion of the Marathon route and upwards of 50 observation points will be set up along the finish line area in the Back Bay to monitor the crowd.
• Spectators are encouraged to leave large items such as backpacks and large handbags at home. These items are not banned however individuals may be subject to search.
• 13 ambulances, 140 Boston EMS personnel and 4 medical tents along the Boston portion of the route
• On Marathon Monday, Newbury Street and Huntington Avenue outbound will be closed to vehicular traffic to allow easier spectator movement in the area.
• Vehicular traffic will be prohibited and parking restricted on many streets in Boston on the days leading up to the Marathon and on Marathon Monday.
• It is recommended that you take the MBTA to travel.
When you are out and about please remember:
• Be alert and aware of your surroundings. “If you see something, say something.”
• All public drinking, open containers and intoxication will not be tolerated.
• Congregating on rooftops, fire escapes and porches is prohibited.
• Text “Boston” to 69050 to report suspicious activity and call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
It is our hope that you enjoy the holiday weekend festivities and celebrate in a safe and respectful manner. Please keep in mind that the eyes of the world are on the City of Boston and that you all play a role in our effort to ensure that we are a shining example of good sportsmanship, pride and most of all resilience.