AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo joined KXAN News Today early Tuesday to talk about the need for heightened awareness and vigilance, especially at spectator sporting events such as the Boston Marathon.
"We don't have enough officers to take care of everything at once," said Acevedo. "But if everyone's engaged, everyone's aware, everyone takes the time to be the eyes and ears of their neighbors, their fellow runners, the police department, we'll be much safer."
Acevedo added that finish lines have to be treated as an airport, where there's a lot of congregation of people.
"You don't leave a bag at an airport, and you should not do that in our races," he said. "And I think we're going to have to work really hard to change the mindset of our folks we're involved with."
As for what's to be expected regarding the investigation timeline in Boston, Acevedo acknowledged officials in the Northeast have a lot of work to do.
"Fortunately, the FBI is involved, the ATF, just about every agency you can imagine," he said. "But you just have to go from the point of detonation and work your way back."
Perhaps the most promising of leads is the extensive security camera system in Boston, one Acevedo said he's confident will be very helpful in their investigation.
"I'm also confident they will be able to identify the person or persons involved, or organizations, and the American people will know, and they will be brought to justice," he said.
In-Depth: Austin active in fitness sphere
The news of the bombing in Boston shook the Texas capital city, especially with the active running and fitness communities.
There are 27 runs, triathlons and swimming events in Travis County for April alone. The next big race is happening Sunday, where thousands of cyclists will finish a 150-mile ride from Houston to Austin.
Austin runners in Boston for the marathon described the chaotic scene Monday. More than 200 runners from Central Texas competed in the event that draws participants and spectators from around the world.
In-Depth: Local security efforts
The blasts also have organizers of other events on edge and reviewing security measures to make sure it doesn't happen at their affair.
The Bob Bullock State History Museum will be the finish line for nearly 12,000 cyclists on Sunday for the close of BP MS-150, a two-day bike race that starts in Houston.
Officials with that event say it will happen as planned, and they are working with security officials to ensure safety.
A marathon draws lots of runners, and people who come to cheer them on. Monday's blasts in Boston came near the peak of the race at the finish line.
Meanwhile, much of the security planning for these events is confidential.
The next large running event will be the Schlotzky's Bun Run in Downtown Austin on April 28.
Around 3,500 runners are expected for that event.
In-Depth: Local medical response
In addition to regular ambulances and hospital staff, Austin-Travis County EMS has special response teams for large events.
The new bus ambulance can handle multiple victims and frees up to 10 ambulances to do their work separately.
And there are also motorcycle paramedics. Those let doctors navigate through crowds quickly to give medical attention.
Just in time for the holidays, Texas is making sure everyone remembers that wishing someone "Merry Christmas" is now protected by law in its public schools.
Because of her position as Travis County District Attorney, the deputies who arrested, booked, and restrained Rosemary Lehmberg last April admit they were worried her threats were legitimate.
University of Texas System regents say they're planning to discuss the employment of Austin campus President Bill Powers, who has sparred with lawmakers and critics over his job in recent years.
American Airlines has emerged from bankruptcy protection and US Airways culminated its long pursuit of a merger partner after the two completed their deal Monday to create the world's biggest airline.
Even though there were no reports of iced over bridges or roadways like last week, officials are urging people to use extra caution while driving.
A 55-year-old man died in a single-vehicle crash just after midnight Monday morning near Lakeway.