Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said he is closely following the events in Boston, saying deputies have been asked to be vigilant as they conduct their patrols.
"As always, citizens are encouraged to be alert, aware, and if they see something, say something," Sheriff Demings said during a news conference late Monday afternoon. "Any suspicious activity should be reported to local law enforcement."
Demings said he has been in communication with area police agencies, including the Orlando Police Department, and security teams at area attractions and tourist spots.
"We have put plans in place to assure that we are doing our due diligence over the next few days and next few moments to assure the safety for everyone here."
Joe Robinson is a former Orlando police officer and former Director of Security for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. He works for a private security company now. He said security planning for the Boston Marathon started months ago with three different security perimeters and bomb sniffing dogs before the race, but Robinson said the attacker somehow put the explosives into place.
"The best law enforcement is proactive law enforcement through intelligence," he said.
Demings said the public will see some added patrols around large crowds and special events, and there will be other security measures the public will not see.
"Law enforcement is well prepared. We've rehearsed our various plans, and certainly, we believe we are prepared to deal with whatever the situations are," he said.
Fla. governor says state agencies ready to assist
Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a statement following bombings in Boston. Scott offered payers to the people of Boston.
"I've asked the Florida Division of Emergency Management to be on standby to provide any assistance needed to help first responders on the ground in Boston."
The governor also said that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is prepared to provide any support services needed for local law enforcement.
"As a husband, father and grandfather, today's events remind us all of how fragile life is and how important it is for us to keep our communities safe. Tonight, our state stands in support of all those impacted by the Boston bombings. We hope those responsible are swiftly brought to justice - and peace and safety is quickly restored."