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Police prepare airborne security for Marathon

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With less than a week to go to the 118th running of the Boston Marathon, federal, state, and local police prepared an expanded security effort.

Around 36,000 people are expected to race on Monday, with tens of thousands lining the streets to cheer.

The air wing of the state police will be out in force Monday, using high-tech cameras to look for signs of trouble.

The state police helicopters can focus closely on people of interest.

"What is nice, we can switch it over to infrared here and right now, anything that is black is very warm," said Trooper Eric Fairchild.

"On Monday we intend to deploy four helicopters at any given time from 7:00 for the duration of the Marathon," said Major Richard Prior, special ops commander.

Police said the surveillance challenge of the marathon would be an ideal situation to use unmanned drones, but they don't have federal authorization to do so.

7News' Jonathan Hall flew along with the same crew that discovered Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding in a boat in Watertown. Infrared told them where he was and what he was doing.

The cameras have the capacity to zoom into a person's face on a street corner.
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