Police Step up Security at Downtown Events

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- In the wake of the bombings in Boston, Cleveland police say they plan to enhance security measures at events held downtown, including Tuesday night’s baseball game between the Indians and Red Sox.

"We know our resources, where they are and how to deploy them. We review our plans following each event to see if there are ways to make them more effective," said Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath.

Late Tuesday afternoon, federal, state and local law enforcement officials held a news conference to inform the public about how they try to keep Cleveland residents and visitors safe.

"I'm here to tell you that we are well-prepared to hopefully detect and disrupt and if not, respond to any incident," said Harold Pretel, commander of Homeland Services for the Cleveland police.

Cleveland police said they will focus even more resources on large downtown events, including Browns games and the annual Fourth of July celebration in Public Square, which draws hundreds of thousands of people.

"If the orchestra was doing a concert at Public Square, you'd see the same infrastructure built in as far as security goes, so as they come to the Boston series, tonight, tomorrow and the next night, you will see additional police officers downtown," said McGrath.

"I think it's a good thing to make everyone feel more comfortable and at ease," said Buta.

"I think that it's really good that they're beefing up security. I'm not too concerned. I guess I should be a little bit more," said Indians fan Jillian Adams.

Patrick Kucharson is an avid runner, and although he's not concerned either, he agrees there should be more security downtown.

"I do think it's a necessary step, maybe after the events that occurred yesterday on Monday, that they do up security just a bit," said Cleveland resident Patrick Kucharson.

Officials stress to residents: if you see something suspicious, say something.

"No lead goes unturned. It's been that way since 9/11. It's going to continue," said Steven Anthony, special agent in charge for the Cleveland Office of the FBI.

For extended coverage on the Boston Marathon explosions, click here.

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