Bay to Breakers Security Measures Announced
We already told you that backpacks of all shapes and sizes are banned from this weekend's Bay to Breakers footrace after the Boston Marathon bombing incident. So what else can you expect come Sunday? More cops, more bomb-sniffing dogs, and fewer places to stow your forbidden alcoholic beverage.
Natalia Aldana Well, you could definitely fit plenty of Coronitas in there
Today, Police Chief Greg Suhr and Bay to Breakers organizers held a joint press conference outside City Hall where they detailed all the things they plan to do to further protect the 30,000-plus costume-clad people who will participate in Sunday's footrace.
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In addition to extra patrols, San Francisco police say they've recruited assistance from 16 neighboring agencies, additional canine units, violence reduction teams, and mobile command units that will be "strategically placed" around the course. You can expect port security and even the FBI to be on guard at the race.
Also, you might really want to behave, considering there will be a slew of surveillance cameras keeping an eye out.
Different from previous B2B's, SFPD says it will make participants start the12-kilometer course on Howard Street and follow the course to the finish at the intersection of JFK Drive and Bernice Rogers Drive in Golden Gate Park. That way, Suhr says, their mapped out safety measures will be met.
Other than that, if you see anyone or anything odd (which is all relative at B2B), don't be shy -- tell a cop. "And most of all, my plea to the public, again, is absolutely, absolutely if you see something call, we'll have the people out there to check," he says.
The additional security is of no cost to the city, Suhr says, as Bay to Breakers will be reimbursing the department for the weekend patrols.
Generally, police don't like to call attention to the additional security measures at big events like this, however, after the Boston bombing, which killed three and injured more than 180 people, Suhr says he's pretty certain that "people want to see police officers in uniform." And they will -- lots of them.
By the way, Suhr used this press conference to remind everyone that the race is alcohol-free. It's going to be tricky trying to hide a beer at an alochol-free event where "giant" backpacks aren't allowed. Especially challenging if you are planning to go naked.
The chief said his department has been in contact and had very detailed conversations with the Boston Police Department "pretty much since the day it happened," to gather information on what security they had in place during the Boston Marathon and what they would have done differently.
Don't worry, you can still expect to have a ton of fun.
"We can't let fear rule our lives, because then the people who did what they did in Boston, they win. We all need to live our lives, and obviously we need to be more aware," B2B spokeswoman Angela Fang told SF Weekly.