First of all, I would like to send my condolences to the victims and the families of those affected by the explosions yesterday at the Boston Marathon. This tragic event prompts concerns about safety and homeland security and we understand that. Although there is no known threat to our area at this time, we have plans in place should one occur.
For the past five years, we have worked with partnering agencies in the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center. Planning starts with intelligence. In the Fusion Center, we have crime analysts who are constantly collecting and reviewing crime data and this allows us to revise security plans already in place. Director Schenkelberg will talk more about this in a moment.
The Division of Police has security plans in place for all major events. We have a plan for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. We have a plan for the Fourth of July. We have a plan for all events and this includes a security plan for the Rite Aid Marathon coming to Cleveland in May. Security templates are in place. We know where our resources are and we know how to deploy. We review our plans following each event to see if there are ways to make them even more effective. Further, we are in regular contact with our law enforcement partners, including the Sherriff’s Office and the FBI.
In addition to the existing security templates, our officers undergo regular training specific to responding to large scale events. This training includes: training relevant to Suspicious Activity Reporting, Rapid Action Immediate Deployment (or RAID) Training, Active Shooter Training, Tactical training, Training in Weapons of Mass Destruction, Ambush Training, Field Force Training and Homeland Security Training. We work hard to ensure that our officers have the training and the resources available to them so that we can respond to an incident quickly and effectively.