PPB monitoring Boston bombing investigation

Members of the Portland transit police K9 unit, and their dogs, board MAX trains in downtown Portland.
Members of the Portland transit police K9 unit, and their dogs, board MAX trains in downtown Portland following the 2013 Boston Marathon explosions. (April 15, 2013 | Photojournalist Jonathan Simmons, KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland Police Bureau reports it isn’t making any drastic changes after Monday’s explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line.

The major details on who caused the explosions — and why — remain unknown late Monday afternoon. Portland police spokesman Pete Simpson said they are keeping a close eye on everything that comes out of this bombing.

“Awareness is a big factor right now,” Simpson said. “As information comes out of Boston on what happened, who’s responsible may change operations later.”

Simpson said if there were any major events going on, Monday’s regular patrols may have to be tweaked.

Meanwhile, Boston’s mass transit station was shut down following the explosions, according to a CBS News report. Portland’s mass transit agency, TriMet, doesn’t have immediate plans to increase security on its MAX trains.

For now, TriMet Spokesperson Roberta Altstadt said, “we are just monitoring the situation along with our police partners.”

However, TriMet will follow the Portland Police Bureau’s lead on this. If the police department asks TriMet to add more officers to trains, then TriMet will do so.

As of Monday night transit police were seen at TriMet’s Pioneer Square station in downtown Portland, checking MAX trains with their K9s.

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