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Rose Parade Security

Rose Parade Security

PASADENA (CNS) - Police plan to use bomb-sniffing dogs and wide-ranging  video surveillance as part of a Rose Parade security plan developed after the  Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured 260, it was reported  today.

Police officials said the Pasadena Police Department has been working  for months analyzing national tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombings.  Additionally officers have negotiated with business owners for full-time access  to private security cameras.

``All eyes will be on Pasadena that day," Police Chief Phillip Sanchez  said in remarks reported by the Pasadena Star-News.

Sanchez urged the hundreds of thousands of expected spectators to be  vigilant.

``If one of the paradegoers sees something suspicious, and what I mean  by that is they walk up and put a bag down and they walk away from that bag,  have the courage and the insight and the willingness to engage and call that to  the attention of local law enforcement officers," he said.

Police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said the department has spent months working  with businesses along the parade route to encourage them to tell their  customers that if they ``see something, say something." She also said police  have coordinated with business owners so the department will have 24-hour  access to their private security cameras if they are needed.

Sanchez said 1,100 to 1,200 uniformed and covert officers will patrol  the parade route. Also, more bomb sniffing dogs will be used. The dogs have the  capacity to detect ``suspicious incendiary devices," Sanchez said, urging  spectators to arrive early and ``bring plenty of patience." He issued a  reminder that alcohol is not allowed along the parade route.

 

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