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Police to deploy drones for Tokyo Marathon

JIJI

The Metropolitan Police Department has announced that it will deploy several drones as part of efforts to ensure security at the Tokyo Marathon on Feb. 28.

In December, the police department introduced its unmanned aerial vehicle, which can intercept suspicious drones.

This will be the police department’s first drone deployment for a large sporting event, the agency said Friday.

It also plans to use aerial shots from private-sector drones and airships to increase its monitoring capabilities.

The police department will mobilize 90 officers to run alongside the competitors, up 26 from the previous year’s race in which police officers ran alongside racers for the first time.

Members of the police department’s emergency response team, formed last year, will also be on standby as a precaution in the event of a terrorist attack.