Baltimore City Police Beef Up Presence In Wake Of Deadly Boston Blasts
BALTIMORE (WJZ)— Much of the East Coast is now under a heightened state of alert. Law enforcement across Baltimore have increased police presence in critical areas.
Meghan McCorkell has more on how they’re working to keep the city safe.
Officials say there have been no credible threats against the city of Baltimore, but they are not taking any chances–especially in some high-profile places.
There were an army of police officers both outside and inside Camden Yards. From routine bag checks to less routine bomb checks, Orioles fans saw an unprecedented police presence.
“No, I ain’t never seen this and I’ve come out here since 1993, when I was a little kid,” said Shawn Novak.
From the air and on the ground, special operations officers covered every inch of the ballpark.
“They’re out there being vigilant, looking for stuff that we’re not looking for,” said Larry Sanders.
“We are paying specific attention to suspicious packages and also trash cans,” said Vernon Conaway, Maryland Stadium Authority.
The Maryland Stadium Authority is not releasing any specific security procedures inside the ballpark, but they’re asking anyone who sees anything suspicious to say something.
At area rail stations, MTA police used K-9s and extra security cameras at a mobile command center. At the Inner Harbor, bike police patrolled as police boats watched the water. Security also beefed up at Baltimore’s World Trade Center.
“We saw it everywhere. There was security on the waterfront and everywhere, and it’s comforting, I’d say,” said Shannon McDonald, a D.C. resident.
“I’m staying in touch with our federal partners to make sure that if there are any threats or information that we stay in the loop,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Officials are taking every precaution in the wake of the tragedy in Boston.
BWI Airport is also under heightened security.
City police also spent the day checking on critical infrastructure, like railways and petroleum lines.