Police, county prepare for L.I. Marathon
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He explained that the starting area of the race would be a “frozen zone,” with an increased police presence and canine bomb-detection dogs supplied by both the county and the state.
Other security measures include video cameras and police helicopters, and police officers will be wearing radiation detectors, which, Lack said, are part of every officer’s regular equipment.
“My administration is taking the lessons learned from Boston very seriously and applying extra security to the Long Island Marathon,” County Executive Ed Mangano said in a statement. “The Police Department will employ extra bomb-sniffing dogs and other devices such as portable radiation detectors, and employ the use of electronic surveillance.”
Krumpter said that police officials have held several meetings in recent weeks to discuss safety, and they have included the county’s board of fire commissioners, representatives of the Nassau County fire marshal’s office and the Office of Emergency Management. The New York State Police have also been involved, Krumpter said, adding, “Everything we’re doing is to ensure the safety of our residents.”
According to Shelley Lotenberg, director of public affairs for the Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, the hospital’s ambulance division is contracted by the Friends of the Long Island Marathon to provide EMS services during the event. The hospital will station four ambulances along the marathon route, ready to transport people to the hospital if necessary. In past years, Lotenberg said, several nurses have volunteered to work in the race’s medical tent.
Norma Gonsalves, the County Legislature’s presiding officer and an East Meadow resident, said she recently met with County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale, who laid out the race plan for her. “I think they’re going to be proactive,” she said. “And that’s a good thing. And they do realize the fact that [the race] begins and ends at Eisenhower [Park]. They are going to be very vigilant at the beginning and the end.”
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