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Marathon Safety & Security Plan in Place

4/23/2013

April 23, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

While reiterating that there is no known threat to Nashville or Saturday’s Country Music Marathon, Chief Steve Anderson today announced that a safety plan involving hundreds of law enforcement and security personnel is being put into place as an important measure of assurance for the tens of thousands of runners and spectators.
 
“Police officers and security workers will be very visible from the starting point on West End Avenue across the 26.2 miles to the finish line at LP Field,” Chief Anderson said.  “Regardless of where you are along the route, if you see something suspicious or concerning, say something to the nearest officer or marathon worker.  Additionally, we are calling on everyone to mind your own belongings, just as you would if you were in an airport.  Since Monday of last week, our officers have responded to more than 20 suspicious item calls, all of which were precipitated by persons leaving harmless backpacks, coolers and the like unattended.”
          
Chief Anderson said law enforcement will not tolerate any pranks or mischievous attempts to disrupt the marathon or cause fear to runners or spectators.  Officers along the route, and those in specialized units, will be prepared to make arrests in such situations.  A special telephone line will be operational Saturday morning for citizens to specifically report any marathon-related suspicious activity.  The number is 615-880-1515.
          
This year’s safety team consists of Metro police officers, trainees and professional support staff,  FBI & ATF agents, troopers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Bomb & Arson investigators, The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team, Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies, Vanderbilt University police officers, the 45th Civil Support Team from the Tennessee National Guard, Office of Emergency Management & Emergency Communications Center staff , personnel from the Metro Fire Department and private security staff retained by Competitor Group, Inc.
          
“On behalf of Mayor Dean, I again want to emphasize the commitment of the Metropolitan Police Department and all of our law enforcement partners for a safe and fun marathon that all of Nashville and our visitors can enjoy,” Chief Anderson said.  “We expect nothing less.”

                                                                       
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The chief was joined by Davidson County District Attorney Torry Johnson, Acting U.S. Attorney David Rivera, and leaders from the FBI, ATF, Tennessee Highway Patrol, marathon organizers and key members of the police department’s safety planning team.