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UPDATED: Tuesday July 2, 2013 4:40 PM

The city of Columbus has a new security measure to protect families during Red, White, and Boom.

Police said that there are 50 public safety cameras that have been placed discreetly around downtown.

The cameras will serve as extra eyes for officers at the city's Emergency Operations Center. Officials can review all 50 cameras at one time.

A police spokesman said the cameras will be rolling at all times, and officers will be able to react to handle any disturbances.

In addition to the cameras, police will also have explosive-sniffing dogs on scene.

The dogs will sniff all vehicles coming into the midway. They will also sniff the trash cans and food carts to protect the crowd from an act of terror.

“Those are invaluable tools. The moor dogs that we have coming down that are looking for suspicious packages, it’s going to help us clear that area a lot quicker than what we could do if we didn’t have them.”

Investigators will also search the undercarriage of every vehicle that enters the midway.

Plain-clothes officers will infiltrate the crowd to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior.

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