The tragic events that unfolded at the Boston marathon still leave a significant impact on Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. He says that each time he runs a marathon, he can’t help but think of the bombs that took off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon last April. Whenever he is in Copley Square, he thinks of those three victims who were killed in those blasts, and of his own family cheering him on that fateful day.
“I can’t but think that that could have been my family there,” said Evans, an avid runner who finished Boston last year before the explosions, and came back about an hour later to find destruction and death.
The city stayed strong last year, he said, and at this year’s race, it won’t be any different. Boston’s pride and spirit will be on full display.
Evans made several comments today after a press conference in which city officials discussed heightened security measures that will be in place from the anniversary of the bombings Tuesday to the Marathon itself taking place on April 21.
“Our goal for the Marathon is for everyone to enjoy the Marathon,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh during the conference. “It’s important to know that the Marathon will not be fundamentally changed this year. It will be the Boston Marathon, just as it’s always been.”
Officials went over the restrictions at the press conference on attendees and said more police will be on patrol and cameras will be along the course.
“Unfortunately, since 4/15, things have changed, they really have,” said Evans. “We don’t want to intimidate people by the police presence out there, that’s not our goal. But believe me, we’re gonna have plenty of assets and if need be, they’ll be rolling in very quickly. But the goal is to make it a safe family day.”
Boston Police will have an increased number of uniformed and undercover officers patrolling and will have more than 100 cameras installed along the Boston portion of the Marathon route. More than 50 observation points will be set up around the finish line area in the Back Bay.
Spectators will be encouraged to leave bulky bags and strollers behind. Bags and strollers will be searched, though they are not banned.
Along with an influx of Boston Police, thirteen ambulances will be stationed along the race to support 24 ambulances proving service throughout Boston; 140 Boston EMS personnel will be located along the Boston route on bicycles, foot patrol, in medical tents, and in utility vehicles.
Four medical tents will be stationed along the Boston portion of the route with increased personnel than last year.