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Marietta police making security additions in wake of Boston bombings

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Festival organizers around metro Atlanta are reassessing their security plans in the wake of the Boston bombings, and it's not just for this weekend, but for all big events moving forward.

Police in Marietta are already gearing up for their biggest event, the Taste of Marietta, in two weeks.

When it comes to patrolling huge crowds like the Taste of Marietta, manpower is key, but technology certainly helps.

Marietta PD has always used special vehicles to move about the crowds, looking for any wrongdoing, but perhaps now more than ever, they'll also be looking for anything suspicious.

David Baldwin with the Marietta Police Department said a vehicle called the T3 is a huge benefit in large crowds.

"With the stability of the platform the officer really has a great view of the crowd because they will stand above everybody else," said Baldwin.

If the T3 isn't high enough, there's a portable tower that has them covered with a live officer and a camera.

"That will give the officer stationed in that platform the ability, not only with his own eyes, but the ability to track and record any events as well," said Baldwin.

But with the most recent tragedy coming from a bomb, Marietta police decided to make an addition that could make a big difference.

"To really have the dog available during these big events and highly populated areas where public will be, gives us extra layer of security to protect citizens," said Baldwin.

Marietta residents we spoke with said the more equipment and manpower the better.

"All the vehicles, all the cameras, all the police officers, all the weapons, use all the stuff," said Kenyetta Street.

"They should definitely do that for everybody's comfort," said Princess Serrano.

And with the combination of comfort and security, residents said they know the Taste of Marietta will go well.

"I think it will be fine. I'm pretty sure everything will be OK and I can't wait to go," said Serrano.

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