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Federal grant will help beef security at Daytona International Speedway

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The Daytona Beach City Commission approved new security technology at the Daytona International Speedway, and the police chief said it won't cost local taxpayers a dime.

As drivers compete in events like the Daytona 500, law enforcement officers race to increase security at the Daytona International Speedway.

"It makes you sick, because you know the Boston Police Department is doing everything possible," said Chief Mike Chitwood, who added that a $200,000 Homeland Security grant will fund the installation of state-of-the-art cameras, radios, and other equipment.  "It comes at the perfect time, after what happened in Boston."

Chief Chitwood said that, just like other major sporting events and venues, Daytona International Speedway could be a target for terrorist activity.

"Clearly the Daytona 500 is a world class event, it's international with international media there, so it's a target, just like the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Boston Marathon," he said.

Chitwood also said he would also like a new X-ray machine to detect any explosive devices.

"You're not going to unzip that bag, if it's a suspicious bag. You're going to want to X-ray it and you want to use the latest technology. You don't want to risk any lives."

He expects equipment to be in place by July, "The technology changes just like the threat level changes.  Have to be evolving to stay a head of the curve."

A spokesperson from the Speedway says, they can't talk about security procedures there, but says safety and security are a top priority.

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