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Local police on alert in wake of Boston marathon bombing

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PHOENIX -

Security was stepped up at major cities all across the United States following the possible terror attack in Boston.

Police officers are being extra vigilant in New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and also here in Phoenix.

Phoenix's emergency management division is closely watching the developing situation in Boston. There are no specific threats in Phoenix, but officers are on heightened alert as they patrol the streets.

They're stepping up patrols in public places, looking for anything suspicious.

"At this point for us it is information sharing, let our officers know what we know up front, so they can be vigilant watching these types of locations," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump.

Officers all across the valley are in close contact, working together to keep an eye on libraries, public transportation, and any other public places where lots of people gather. It's a high priority for them.

"What you worry about more some place here is copycat-type activity," said Crump.

The city's office of emergency management is talking to Homeland Security. Information and updates are being relayed to officers out on the streets. Police are also asking people to keep an eye out and report anything that may be out of the ordinary.

"Anybody that sees anything that they think is suspicious, contact local law enforcement."

Phoenix Police say they haven't had any requests to send emergency management teams to Boston. It's too early for that right now.

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