KC police to heighten security in wake of Boston bombings

Kansas City police plan to step up their security efforts in light of the bombings Monday at the Boston Marathon.

Police Chief Darryl Forté said he couldn’t discuss the department’s specific plans, but that in general, he planned to redirect resources to increase visibility. He said officers would check high-profile locations, as well as neighborhoods and businesses.

“We might use covert resources to monitor some places and events,” he said. “We’re going to be all over the city. Officers are going to get out of their cars and physically check some places.”

Forté said Monday night he had been in regular contact with Mayor Sly James and was headed to the office to help direct the specialized efforts. But Forté said he had not received any information indicating a credible threat to the city.

“All of our resources will be out, and not just for today,” he said. “This will be a multiday event. We’re just going to be cautious. There’s no need for alarm in Kansas City.”

Christine Vendel, cvendel@kcstar.com