- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Five K-9 teams from the Rhode Island State Police were among the dozens of dog teams from around the region that monitored the route of the Boston Marathon.

Lt. Col. Michael Winquist says the five teams of one state trooper and one explosives-detecting dog were assigned to the course in Newton, Massachusetts, on Monday.

They worked primarily with the FBI, Massachusetts State Police and members of the military.

Winquist says it was a long and busy day for the teams, but that spectators told them they were happy to see them there providing security.

K-9 teams could be seen along the route during Monday’s race sniffing bags and seats and checking mailboxes.

It was the first marathon since two bombs went off at last year’s race, killing three people.

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