MODESTO — Although the dramatic events in Boston are more than 3,000 miles away, they have had an echo effect in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. Area authorities reported a few incidents that reverberate more in light of what happened back East, and officials said they will use the incident to learn going forward.
California State University, Stanislaus, is operating with a heightened state of security, according to Dave Tonelli, associate vice president for communications and public affairs.
Particularly after bomb threats were called into the University of California at Berkeley and California State University, Los Angeles, on Thursday, the university is encouraging students and staff to continue going about their day but to be vigilant and report suspicious people or items, like abandoned cars or parcels left unattended.
Tonelli said campus police also have beefed up patrols.
The Sheriff's Department's bomb squad destroyed a suspicious package in Patterson on Friday morning that turned out to be inert.
The bomb squad was called to Early Gold Park, northeast of Sperry Avenue and Baldwin Road, about 11 a.m. after a man on a bicycle left the package there. Sgt. Anthony Bejaran said he didn't know what the package contained, but it wasn't explosive.
The man on the bicycle who left the package at the park was not found.
Bejaran said incidents like the Boston explosions and ensuing manhunt offer lessons to other agencies, and local authorities will review law enforcement response.
"In most cases, an evaluation is done with regard to pre- and post-incident," Bejaran said. "We learn from the good and bad of the incident and how we can apply what was learned to our communities. In addition, we train for various emergency situations and how we should respond to them. In the event that we were to have a mass emergency incident, we would use mutual aid from the various agencies to assist us."