Transcript: MA State Police Col. Timothy Alben’s remarks at the morning press conference on the Boston Marathon bombing on April 16, 2013

Partial transcript of remarks by Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Timothy Alben on the Boston Marathon bombing at the morning press conference on Tuesday, April 16, 2013:

Good morning. My name is Timothy Alben. I’m the Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.

As I said earlier in one of our briefings, there’s really two or three parts to this investigation.

There’s the investigative part, which clearly the FBI is taking the lead on but there’s also a logistical and presence component of this.

So I’m speaking to the public: You are going to see an enhanced presence from the Boston Police, from the State Police, from the National Guard, and from our law enforcement partners through the metropolitan Boston area over the next days and probably longer.

That’s not for any particular reason other than to provide some comfort to the public, who are using transportation centers or are going about their business.

So we are engaged with the MBTA police and the T. You will see more troopers. You will see National Guardsmen there. You’ll see MBTA police like you do everyday. But that presence will be significantly enhanced. We’re doing that for the comfort of the public. We’re looking for cooperation from the public. It’s not to inconvenience anyone and we don’t think that it will be.

You might also see an enhanced presence at Logan Airport as well. That’s not for any particular reason, again, other than to solicit cooperation from the public and seek out tips or information.

The last thing I want to say is there has to be hundreds – if not, thousands – of photographs or videos or observations that were made down at that finish line yesterday, and they’re sitting out there amongst everyone that’s watching this event this morning. And I would encourage you to bring forward anything – you might not think it’s significant but it might have some value to this investigation. The Mayor’s given you tip lines. There are plenty of those – the FBI has them as well. If you call in, I assure that someone will follow up on your photographs or videos that you want to submit for consideration.

Thank you very much.


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