NYPD Stepping Up Patrols, Increasing Security For NYC Marathon

October 31, 2018 - 1:13 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The kickoff to Sunday’s New York City Marathon was held in Central Park Wednesday with city leaders joining together to paint a rainbow finish line.

The NYPD announced they will be using all available assets to ensure a safe event.

“You are going to see thousands of cops lining the route. There will be a lot of police officers that you won't see that will be out there,” said Chief of Department Terence Monahan. “We are going to have blocker cars and sanitation trucks, sand trucks, all along the route making sure it is completely secured.”

Counterterrorism units will be deployed along the route, but police officials said that marathon viewers should remain vigilant.

“If anyone sees anything that doesn't look right or doesn't feel right, or makes them feel uncomfortable, I ask them to flag down a police officer and their will be thousands of them out there on Sunday. Or call 911 and please give us a chance to investigate it,” Police Commissioner James O’Niell said.

The marathon spans over 26.2 miles and reaches all five boroughs of New York City.

O’Niell said that securing the path is a challenge every year, but that the NYPD extensively prepares for it.

On Wednesday, O’Niell and Monahan joined marathon organizers to paint the finish line for the race in Central Park.