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State is on standby to help with Oklahoma City bombing memorial activities

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has asked state troopers to be available to help with Oklahoma City's security efforts at Friday's remembrance ceremony of the bombing of the Murrah Building as well as the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 28.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: April 17, 2013
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Oklahoma is standing by to provide assistance to Oklahoma City officials for two upcoming events commemorating the 18th anniversary of the bombing of the Murrah Building, Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday.

“We are working to ensure that events will go smoothly and will remain safe,” Fallin said. “The local law enforcement is taking steps to review and strengthen personnel and security precaution and protocols, including additional manpower.”

As a result of two bombs exploding Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, state troopers will be made available to help with Friday's remembrance ceremony at the Oklahoma City Memorial & Museum and with the April 28 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, the governor said. Both events are in downtown Oklahoma City. No immediate changes are planned for either, officials have said.

“We will be available if requested to help,” Fallin said. “But it is a local control issue with the city of Oklahoma City and certainly with the foundation that is running the marathon itself.”

The Oklahoma Public Safety Department is monitoring social media sites and paying close attention to “chatter” that may indicate or pose legitimate public threats to public safety, Fallin said.

“We do not believe that our citizens in our state are in any danger,” she said. “We haven't had any reports of anything that might cause us to believe that there might be something on the horizon. We just want to advise the citizens to be cautious.”

She said she is encouraging off-duty local and state police officers to stop in and check schools to provide a law enforcement presence, especially at schools without security officers.

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