Federal, local authorities take steps to prevent possible attacks

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Posted on April 16, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 6:02 PM

Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- On the heels of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, federal, state and local law enforcement officials presented a united front at the FBI field office in New Orleans.

A news conference Tuesday dealt with the potential for shooters and bombs. Organizers had scheduled the date before the incident in Boston.

"Yesterday's bombs at the Boston Marathon are a grim reminder of that,” said Michael Anderson, an FBI special agent in charge.

The announcement Tuesday that a series of conferences will be held around Louisiana for state and local law enforcement to get additional training.

"We think this will put us in the best position possible in the unfortunate event that somewhere in the state of Louisiana, we face a incident similar to the tragic events in Newtown, CT, Aurora, CO, Tucson, AZ, Milwaukee, WI or Boston,” Anderson said.

New Orleans is no stranger to major events, having hosted the Super Bowl two months ago and preparing for massive crowds at Jazz Fest in a little more than a week.

"Right now, our security package is deep and robust and based on about 25, 30 years of experience that we update every year,” said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

Still, law enforcement at all levels say they keep the lines of communication open.

"At the Fusion Center, our federal, state, parish and local officials maintain situational awareness to ensure the safety of Louisiana citizens,” said Louisiana State Police Commander Carl Saizon.

"Our belief is this: We have no reason and we have no intelligence to tell us anything that we should be concerned about, but that doesn't mean that we don't think about this every single day for every major event that we handle here in the city," Serpas said.

One of the main points officials stressed was for the public to not become complacent and to report anything suspicious.

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