Local law enforcement stepping up after Boston rocked by bombing

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by Lauren Trager / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 8:12 PM

(KMOV) -- The attack in Boston has law enforcement all over the country on edge. Officers in the St. Louis area first wanted to know if any threat would come here.

“You always wonder what's next, it's always the normal conversation, at least in our world,” said St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch.

“We have not had any updates, bulletins from federal partners that say that St. Louis has any kind of impact as a result of this,” Chief Fitch said.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said their intelligence also has not told them there's any real threat here.

Monday night, he closely watched what was unfolding, hesitating to say right away if they'd step up patrols.

“The first step is to understand the event and gather the intelligence for a response that's appropriate,” Chief Dotson said.

But with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure just a few months away and with so many sporting events downtown, Chief Dotson told News 4 they are at the ready.

"We are always vigilant, we always use bomb detecting dogs, and screening processes, we always do have things in place and again, you need to understand it before you focus in,” Chief Dotson said.

In the weeks to come both chiefs told us they'll be taking a close look at their security measures to see if there's any way to avoid a similar attack in the St. Louis area.
 

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