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SPOKANE POLICE CHIEF ON BOSTON: 'We Can't Go Into Bunkers And Live Our Life In Fear'

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Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub holds a press conf. on Friday Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub holds a press conf. on Friday

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub briefed the media Friday in regards to a number of issues relating to this week's bombings in Boston and how the Spokane Police are preparing for both the Susan G. Komen Race on Sunday and Bloomsday in a few weeks.

Chief Straub reinforced that there is no information to suggest that there is any threat to the state of Washington and the Inland Northwest, but he said the city needs to remain vigilant.

RACE PLANS:

Chief Straub said that they will be increasing their efforts for the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure on Sunday and Bloomsday, too.

"We are going to increase the level of officers and specialized units that we have dedicated to the event," Straub said of Bloomsday. "We'll have air support for the event in addition to what we are doing in other locations."

 "My message to the community is very much like my message was in New York after 9/11," Straub said. "We can't go into bunkers and live our lives in fear because people decide that they are going to attack us. In fact, I would encourage people to come out in greater numbers and bring their families because this is a country that is resolute, that is not going to let the actions of individuals scare us and make us change the way we live our lives."

"We are prepared for Bloomsday now and I will tell you that our federal partners are coming to us and saying 'What can we do? How can we help?'"

He said they will utilize whatever help is available.

MANHUNT MAYHEM:

Following  the craziness of this week in Boston, Chief Straub says they continue to plan for the worst if it were to ever hit the Inland Northwest.

"We train with the Sheriff's department, we train with our federal partners," Straub said. "Speaking with Sheriff Knezovich on a regular basis, the FBI, our TSA folks, the homeland security folks, we are well prepared to deal with these types of issues."

As for manhunt situations what does law enforcement think about while they are ongoing and what do they tell the public?

"Sometimes the decision is everybody stay in your house, sometimes your decision is everybody leave that immediate area," Straub said. "Sometimes it's a matter of sheltering in place, sometimes it's a matter of moving people out of the area."

Chief Straub said they continue to prepare and they will do more training in the coming weeks as they work to figure out what to do in the event of an active shooter.

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