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Homeland Security holds hearing on marathon bombing

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WASHINGTON (WHDH) - With less than one week before the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Homeland Security Committee held a hearing in Washington, D.C. Wednesday morning.

The hearing titled, “A Look Back to Look Forward” gave committee members the opportunity to review the response from law enforcement after the bombing, as well as examine the findings of a report on the bombings that focused on how the response and intelligence can help counterterrorism efforts.

Half a dozen officers got a standing ovation from lawmakers when entering the hearing.

The former head of the Boston Police Department and the Watertown Police Chief appeared at the hearing to discuss how their departments were forced to respond amid chaos.

"Make no mistake about this. Boston Police, Watertown Police, none of our agencies could have enjoyed the success we achieved without the involvement of a much larger community, one that felt personally victimized by the attacks. That is the community which has been come to known as Boston Strong," said former commissioner Ed Davis.

Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau recapped the events of the day before suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's capture.

"For the first time in America, police officers were attacked with guns and bombs. It happened in a quiet back street in my community. Those two brothers were trying to kill my police officers and had plans to kill and injure more innocent people. The officers on duty that night acted heroically, without regard for their own personal safety," Deveau said.

"Mr. Chairman, when I began my comments today, I mentioned our goal was to be the best police department in the state. I'm not sure if we have reached that but I can tell you one thing: For eight and half minutes we were the best police department in the world," he continued.

The Homeland Security committee released a report saying the investigators should be doing better about sharing information with local and state police.

Congressman William Keating, who sits on this committee, says he is working to get the flow of information moving better.

"There's going to be change coming. We're going to work on legislation," Keating said.

Keating admitted that congress can't outright force the FBI to being more open to local police but he said they have their ways to get the legislation to happen.

Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh is also concerned about the community's safety, commenting on the situation while the meeting occurred.

“As a mayor I have no duty higher than ensuring the safety and continued excellence in our emergency preparedness here in the city of Boston, and I take that very seriously. We have to keep communication flowing in the city of Boston,” Mayor Walsh said.

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