“You may see more police presence at some of these, or more volunteers, more employees of the events,” Settingsgaard says.
“I think whether it’s more people or not it’s the people there being a little bit more vigilant. It might mean a little better search of a staging area before people gather, people who are there to assist being a little bit more cognizant of whose coming and going and suspicious activity.”
Settingsgaard says police will now consider sweeping for bombs and other security measures before a public event. He says officers used to only respond if there was a reported threat. The Peoria Police Department Bomb Unit is also stepping-up how it responds to disarming different suspicious devices. Settingsgaard says residents and business owners should also report suspicious behaviors or purchases to law enforcement. Officials with the Illinois Marathon in Champaign-Urbana say they will also likely use a bomb-sniffing dog and evaluate other security measures ahead of their upcoming race.