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Braintree police increase visibility after Boston Marathon attack

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  April 16, 2013 12:49 PM

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Braintree Police have increased their visibility around town following the attack that shook downtown Boston several hours into the Boston Marathon.

According to Police Chief Russell Jenkins, the stepped up presence is in an effort of vigilance, and not a response to any threat directed at the town.

“Even though we’re close to Boston, we’re safe,” Jenkins said. “We have increased our vigilance, we have people at certain locations to maintain a higher profile at those locations, we’ve reached out…and asked [people] to be alert to suspicious people and items, but I believe we’re very safe. We’re more taking precautions.”

Those precautions included a stepped-up presence at Braintree’s MBTA station Monday night following the attack.

Though train stations have historically been a target, Jenkins said police were there not only to be a deterrent to crime, but reassure people that they were safe.

“A lot of folks are going into Boston, taking the train, they have been witness to a horrific event and we want them to come home and feel a sense of security,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins said that, to the best of his knowledge, no town employees who were running the marathon were injured. A Braintree Police Officer was running the marathon, and another officer went to cheer him on.

Jenkins said he also had not heard of any Braintree residents who ran and were injured.

Though seemingly far removed, Braintree police did jump into action following the marathon bombings, which had injured more than 170 people and killed three as of Tuesday afternoon.

Members of the Braintree police who are also members of the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council rushed into Boston alongside three of the town’s police dogs.

Officers from Braintree were still there Tuesday morning, and according to Jenkins, would be there into Tuesday evening.

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