JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In light of the horror that unfolded at the Boston Marathon, Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford spoke to Action News about changes he's ordering in the River City.
"We're making sure we're stepping up our security," said Rutherford.
Rutherford held a staff meeting shortly after the bombs exploded on the streets in Boston.
Rutherford said, "We have no intelligence that Jacksonville is a target or anything like that. We are just being prudent."
Part of that prudence includes additional security downtown at multiple large events planned for this week, including the Carrie Underwood concert at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday, games at the baseball grounds, a 5K race downtown expected to attract several thousand on Thursday, and the One Spark festival expected to draw tens of thousands to multiple downtown locations for five days beginning Wednesday.
Events at gated venues like the arena are hardened targets, but the sheriff does have heightened concerns for open-venue events like One Spark and Thursday's 5K.
"Open events are very difficult to secure," said Rutherford.
The sheriff insists the local events will be safe, but JSO wants help from the public.
"We all have to be vigilant," Rutherford told Action News, "Look around; be aware of what's around you. Anything you see that's out of place, call the police."