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Jul 20, 2012 7:44 PM

Tucson, Marana Police to step up visibility around theaters tonight

TUCSON - Tucson Police have confirmed that they will be increasing its resources and presence of their officers at movie theaters and other venues and events that attract large gatherings of people.

These resources will be in place for an undetermined amount of time, a news release from the Tucson Police Department states.

"Along with the rest of the nation, the Tucson Police Department would like to extend our sympathy to the Aurora, Colorado community," the news release states. "Although this morning's tragic event appears to have been an isolated incident and no similar type of actions or threats have been made in our community, the Tucson Police will increase its resources and provide additional uniform officers at movie theatres and other places and events that attract a large gathering of people."

The release also states that everyone should "keep your eyes open and be aware of your surroundings, and please do not hesitate to report any suspicious activity to police immediately.

"After tragic incidents, such as this morning's shooting in Colorado, we often find out the suspect had some type of mental instability and friends and family of the suspect often make statements similar to, "we saw this coming." If you know anyone who fits this description and is exhibiting increased signs of violent tendencies, notify the proper authorities to include law enforcement or the appropriate mental health care professionals."

Marana Police officials confirmed to News 4 Tucson that they are maintaining a high visibility around theaters with extra patrols, but no theaters have specifically asked for police assistance at this time.

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