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Police Commissioner Discusses Security Prep For Weekend Races In NYC

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As the investigation continues in the Boston marathon Bombing, the New York City Police Department is preparing to gear up security for two major races in Manhattan this weekend. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Less than a week after the bombing at the Boston Marathon, New York will honor victims of the September 11th attacks with the 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk. The run will take place Sunday. There will also be a race in Central Park to raise funds for the City Parks Foundation.

"Come and participate," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "You'll see a lot of police presence. We'll be using our technology to help us protect the route."

The New York City Police Department is used to closing off streets and checking bags at big gatherings and festivities, but at marathon-type events, participants often leave their bags and clothing unattended, which poses a challenge.

"New Year's Eve, we don't let people bring packages into a very closely defined area," Kelly said. "It's not the case with a run. It would be difficult to cordon off that area."

As for the bombing in Boston, Kelly said the fact that an improvised explosive was placed in a common kitchen pressure cooker is not surprising and not hard to do.

He said many groups, including al-Qaeda, have promoted using this sort of bomb.

"They put out a online magazine called Inspire," Kelly said. "In the first issue, it showed how to make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom. That was the title of the article."

"Faisal Shahzad, who was the Times Square bomber, did not use, contrary to some reports I read, did not use a pressure cooker, but he had one in a locker," Kelly added. "Whether or not he was going to use it at a separate event, unknown to me anyway."

Chuck Frank is the deputy director for the Emergency and Disaster Management Program at Metropolitan College of New York. He said everyone must take a part in fighting terrorism.

"The first thing that they need to do is to become hyper vigilant so that they're aware of their surroundings, they're aware of what they see and they're not afraid to speak up when something looks out of place," Frank said.

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