Boston- 03/07/14- Boston Mayor Martin Walsh made his first major speech as he addressed the Boston Municipal Research Bureau luncheon at the Seaport Hotel in South Boston. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki (metro)
Mayor Martin Walsh made his first major speech as he addressed the Boston Municipal Research Bureau luncheon at the Seaport Hotel in South Boston.
John Tlumacki/Globe staff

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced this week that Boston will receive $18 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management agency for current and future homeland security initiatives.

The funding, which comes through the Department of Homeland Security, represents a 2.47 percent increase from last year.

“The City of Boston has maintained a strong relationship with Homeland Security, and has historically used these vital grant funds to ensure that the people of Boston are safe, which is, in large part, why our coordinated response in the wake of last year’s Marathon was so professional and effective,” Walsh said.

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After the Marathon bombings, security has become a greater concern this year. Initiatives put in place through previous federal funds will be visible at this year’s Marathon, the mayor said. Those initiatives include specialized police equipment, bomb sniffing dogs, fire detection equipment, command vehicles, and improved communication tools for first responders.

In February, the Boston Athletic Association issued a list of restrictions for the Marathon, including many banned items as well as dos and don’ts for the runners.

First responders from around the region will meet next month to assess programs in order to stay in line with national preparedness goals.