The Atlanta Chief of Police George Turner and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced during a Monday press conference that more than 1,300 security cameras will assist in protecting the runners and spectators during the 2013 AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on July 4th.
“We have to have those cameras to have the situational awareness to make and move our resources around as we see changes,” Turner said. “We started off last year with about 50 cameras, but now we have over 1,300 cameras that are fully integrated into the video integration center.”
Since 1,300 cameras is still not enough to cover the entire route of the 10K race (about 6.2 miles), which runs from Buckhead through Midtown and ends at Piedmont Park, Reed said he’ll continue working on acquiring even more monitoring devices.
“We’re also going to make a significant push under Chief Turner’s supervision to make sure this route is completely covered,” said Reed, before emphasizing that law enforcement and the FBI were greatly aided by the security cameras along the Boston Marathon’s route. “There is no serious person that would argue that the murderers would not have been brought to justice as quickly as they were able to bring that awful situation to a close without video technology.”
In addition to the security cameras, the city is already working with the local and federal law enforcement to properly prepare and train for the event.
The race, which always falls on the 4th of July Independence Day, will also see an increased police presence in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings; some retired police officers already signed up to volunteer at the race and K-9 units will be used.
The Peachtree Road Race draws about 60,000 participants every year.
“We’re going to do what is necessary to make the route safe,” reassured Reed.