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Topic - Kurt Schwartz
More than 3,500 police officers will patrol this year's Boston Marathon, more than double the number deployed last year, when two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260.
"This year, we can all understand that someone is going to feel anxious, nervous, to stand next to someone with a backpack," said Kurt Schwartz, the state's undersecretary of public safety. "Why do that this year?"
Schwartz said that spectators are strongly discouraged from bringing backpacks, coolers and other large items, and instead are urged to carry belongings in clear plastic bags like those being given to runners to stow their gear.