DPS ups security presence on campus amid violence in Boston

In an email to students this afternoon, Chief of Police Jay Gruber announced that DPS will be increasing security on campus in light of the recent acts of terrorism in Boston. Last night, in particular, 26-year-old Sean Collier, an MIT police officer, died in an armed confrontation with the men suspected of perpetrating the Boston Marathon bombings.

Gruber says there will be an increase in police presence in the short term on campus. “There will be an increased number of uniformed public safety officers on campus,” he said. “We are also coordinating closely with the Metropolitan Police Department to mobilize resources as needed in our area.”

He additionally encouraged students to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity when they encounter it. “Vigilance is important. If you are off campus, we also suggest that you remain aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity,” he said.

Though he also cautioned that Georgetown has received no specific threats either: “Please know that this message is precautionary and there are no threats to campus at this time.”

D.C police has been under increased alert for the past few days as well. Just Tuesday, an unnamed police force removed the trash cans from the immediate area surrounding the Capitol building, since the Boston Marathon bombers planted their bombs in trash cans. A school district in New Hampshire even decided it would cancel its upcoming eighth-grade school trip to Washington, D.C. over security concerns.

If you haven’t looked at any news outlet today, Boston Police have a massive manhunt underway for one of the suspects of the bombings Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. Police are going door-to-door in Watertown, Mass. looking for Tsarnaev and anyone related to the bombings. The other suspect, his brother, was killed last night in a shootout with police.

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