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Alameda Police Mum on Parade Security Measures

The Alameda Police Department is quiet on security measure's for this Saturday's parade.

The Alameda Police Department is quiet on security measures for this Saturday’s parade.

Alameda police declined to provide any information on possible enhanced security measures – in response to a federal Department of Homeland Security bulletin – for this Saturday’s annual 4th of July parade.

On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement by secretary Jeh C. Johnson, that read, in part, “particularly with the upcoming July 4th holiday, here in the United States the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI continue to communicate with state and local law enforcement about what we know and see. We are encouraging all law enforcement to be vigilant and prepared. We will also adjust security measures, seen and unseen, as necessary to protect the American people.”

The statement opened with a reference to recent terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait.

Johnson urged Americans to celebrate, yet remain vigilant, and asserted that “’If You See Something Say Something™’ is more than a slogan.”

The inclusion of the trademark symbol in the statement appears to be recognition of a trademark registered to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority corporation of New York, registration number 3217091 on the United States Patent and Trademark Office electronic trademark search database.

Action Alameda News asked the Alameda Police Department if it is taking any special precautions this week or on Saturday during the parade, in light of the federal bulletin and whether or not parade-goers would see any evidence of heightened security measures at the parade or in the days leading up to the parade.

Alameda police spokesperson Lt. Jill Ottaviano responded, writing, “Since the tragic Boston Marathon bombings all law enforcement agencies in the US have increased security measures. Having said that, I am not at liberty to discuss any details pursuant to security or how it is deployed.”

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