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Increased security visible at Taste of Marietta

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -

The attacks in Boston prompted the city of Marietta to add extra security to this year's Taste of Marietta.

The event has just about everything when it comes to food: meats, fried food, even some sweets, and this year it's even bigger.

"This year is the first year the event has shut down the entire square. Normally we only shut down a portion of it," said Officer David Baldwin with the Marietta Police Department.

That meant even more people, which is great for the festival and all the vendors but not so good for police.

Bomb-sniffing dogs were added to the patrols, and the department utilized all of its new technology and special vehicles to help, specifically its portable tower.

"As the crowd gets bigger, our field of view drops dramatically, so obviously the elevated platform really gives that officer the ability to see far above and beyond an officer on the ground would be able to see," said Baldwin.

Most people in the crowd down below said they like it.

"Any kind of surveillance you can have just makes it a little bit safer," said Jeff Darnell.

But the tower can't see everything and it can't respond to any trouble.

For that, dozens of officers were scattered throughout the festival, and they weren't exactly hiding.

"I noticed the rain jackets around that say police. There's nothing to be concerned about at all," said Darnell.

"Seeing more security and officers out here gives me a more sense of security and safety within my community," said Jennifer Rosie.

And that's a good thing because with safety not on the mind, they could focus on what they said was really important.

"I can focus on the food, the ice cream, the music and my friends, so it's nicer," said Rosie.

Police also got some help from nature. The rain forced the festival to shut down early and the crowds definitely weren't as big.

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