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APD out in full force this weekend

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Albany Marathon and Mardi Gras street festival are two days away. Albany police say they are prepared.

"We will have our regular staff shift, plus we will have an additional 80 officers working the actual course of the marathon," said Eddie Jones, Albany Police Department.

Officers will be stationed throughout the marathon route to make sure runners and volunteers are safe.

"It's going to pretty much be throughout the entire city of Albany, 26 mile course, we will have additional security stay at different stations, maybe 3 to 5 miles apart," said Jones.

Those human officers won't be the only ones on patrol.

"We have our canine unit, be manned by the sergeant, he has canine unit with bomb sniffing dog capabilities," said Jones.

Officers will also be monitoring live feeds from the downtown security cameras to make sure there are no safety problems with the Mardi Gras festival.

"We will have the cameras running downtown so it will be manned throughout the entire event," said Jones.

Dale Saunders is the owner here at Riverfront BBQ in the heart of the action. He expects a much bigger crowd than last year because of a much better weather forecast, and he is ready for the rush. He also says he is glad APD will be out and about making sure everyone has an enjoyable experience

"I think they do a very good job, and very seldom do we have any problems at mardi gras," said Dale Saunders.

Multiple officers will be walking around the festival area during the entire event from noon until midnight.

The wheelchair race starts at 6:45 Saturday morning. The marathon and half marathon start at 7:00. Drivers need to be aware that there will be lane closures and traffic delays through early afternoon. To view the marathon map visit http://albanymarathon.com/course/course-map

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