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Extra security used for Troy Flag Day parade

TROY -- Extra security measures were in place for the annual Flag Day Parade along 4th Street Sunday. Police used undercover and uniformed officers to patrol the two-mile route for the nation’s largest Flay Day parade.

“We've sat down and come up with a comprehensive plan which increases security for visitors also does not stretch our manpower to the point where we feel deficient in any way,” said Capt. John Cooney with the Troy Police Department. “It's not a prohibitive attitude that we've taken. What we've said is that if you want to bring certain types of items to you at the parade that's fine, but here's an area where you'll be prohibited from entering. There’s plenty of other good spots to watch our parade. It’s the biggest in the country.”

Backpacks were prohibited in the area closest to the review stand and coolers were inspected.

“Studies have shown that would be a prime terrorist target,” explained Cooney.

This year’s parade went off without issue, but police will review what happened and make changes as similar security measures are expected for events throughout the summer.

“This is our first time implementing such comprehensive measures,” said Cooney. “We do plan to continue and probably tweak to the better these measures as we go through the several festivals and many events that Troy has during the summer months.”

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