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Watertown police to outline their roles in Boston Marathon suspect events at local community forum

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  May 21, 2013 02:20 PM

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Watertown police will speak to local residents in a community forum May 29 about the events that unfolded locally last month involving the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

The event, organized by the Watertown Police Foundation, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Watertown High School, according to the foundation.

Watertown police officers will share the limited information that they are allowed to release about the events of the firefight, where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev sustained fatal wounds, and the subsequent manhunt for his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. They will also talk about the follow-up investigation.

Police will also try to answer written questions submitted from the audience.

The forum is also designed to give Watertown residents an opportunity to show their gratitude for the local police force.

Officials from the Watertown Police Foundation, which was formed in reaction to the April 19 events to raise money to support the police department and Watertown community, will also speak to residents, giving them advice and resources as locals recover from the incident.

"The short-term objective of the foundation is to support both the Watertown Police Department and the citizens of Watertown as we all try to return to normal after these traumatic events," said organization officials in a statement.

Foundation officials said their long-term goal is to foster and strengthen the bond between police and Watertown residents through programs like the Police Athletic League, where police play sports with kids and teenagers, and drug prevention programs for schools.

The foundation will also support the police department by funding certain education, training and other programs that the police cannot afford due to budget constraints.

Money raised from the police-specific "Watertown Strong" shirt, which features a Watertown Police insignia, benefit the foundation.

For more information about the Watertown Police Foundation, visit the organization's website.

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