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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Burlington Police Department issues security information for runners and spectators
From: Burlington Police Department via RunVermont
Subject: Important KBVCM Security Information
On behalf of the City of Burlington, Mayor Miro Weinberger and all of the men and women of the Burlington Police Department and their Federal, State, and local partners – WELCOME TO BURLINGTON and the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon! My name is Mike Schirling and I have the honor of serving as Burlington’s Police Chief. I am writing to you today in advance of your arrival in Burlington to introduce myself and to introduce you to our security operations for the Marathon.
As I begin, let me state that our thoughts are with the victims and survivors from the tragedy in Boston last month. As you are well aware, security postures for marathons around the world changed on April 15th.
Your visit to Burlington this year will, as always, be full of great friends, food, festivities, and fun…and of course there is a great race on Sunday as well! Also present during your visit will be an enhanced security posture and law enforcement presence from a host of agencies not only from our area but also from around New England. Even with that enhanced posture, the best defense against a security problem or incident is YOU, your family, and all those who will come out to support the runners throughout the weekend. It is the thousands of pairs of eyes and thoughtful people who will come together to create a blanket of security for this event and for our nation as a whole.
Below are a few key themes to keep in mind during your visit. For information about the federal “See Something – Say Something” campaign please visit http://www.dhs.gov/if-you-see-something-say-something-campaign
“5 Key Themes”
SEE SOMETHING – SAY SOMETHING -> Vigilance, not hysteria, by all participating and attending the event is critical to achieving safety and security. If you see something that doesn’t look right – call us. 802-658-2700 is the direct line to the Burlington Police Department and - ONLY ON RACE DAY - 802-651-8906 is a dedicated event line for reporting suspicious activity related to the event. Be prepared to describe, in as much detail as possible, what you are seeing that looks suspicious and why you feel it is suspicious.
EXPECT DELAYS -> Please expect traffic delays! If you can avoid traveling by car during peak race hours please do so.
PACKAGES & BAGS –> Please do not bring bags, backpacks, coolers, packages, or parcels to the race course or into the start and finish line areas. If you plan to transport items please do so in a clear plastic bag. If you need to enter the start or finish areas bags may be searched randomly or you may be denied entry. Unattended bags, even for a few moments, will be removed and may be damaged or destroyed.
PACK IN – PACK OUT -> Similar to when camping, we ask that you plan to pack out any refuse you may have with you. Receptacles for trash will be harder to come by than normal.
DO YOUR PART -> Security and law enforcement personnel have many things to focus on and much to do. They need your cooperation to keep the event moving along smoothly, especially if the need to give you instructions arises. If given instructions, please comply promptly. If you have a question or concern about law enforcement instructions or operations, please raise it later with a supervisor.
Any plain-clothes police officer or Federal Agent who is involved in security for the Marathon will be WITH a uniformed police officer. In the event you encounter an officer or Agent who is unaccompanied, please ask for a uniformed officer to respond.