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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Ramping Up For 9/11

On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police plan to increase patrols across the city to safeguard potential terrorist targets. Police will focus on transit areas, including the light rail line and Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, according to an outline of plans released Thursday. Police officials said they are not aware of any specific threats, but that they will be on guard because the day "remains an attractive target date for those intending to do harm to the United States." At the airport, police with bomb-detecting dogs will patrol the perimeter fence and roads along arrival and departure routes, according to the plan. Officers will also monitor fuel storage areas. Canine cops out, too Police dogs will also be used in sweeps at light rail stations and the uptown transportation center, in addition to Amtrak and Greyhound bus stations. Police helicopters also will patrol light rail and train tracks from overhead. To monitor light rail and bus routes, police said they will collaborate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and security officers working for the Charlotte Area Transit System, which is the largest transit system between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Police said they will periodically ride the light rail line, and officers will randomly board buses. CATS employees will be on the lookout for trespassing and other suspicious activity. In other areas across the county, patrol commanders will identify potential targets and monitor them for suspicious activity, police said. Places under increased scrutiny include water treatment plants, nuclear facilities, major electric grid locations, large fuel depots, malls, schools and other areas where large numbers of people might gather. Patrolling government centers Police said they also will increase patrols around the Law Enforcement Center and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, both uptown. People also should be on the lookout at places of worship, police said. This year, Sept. 11 falls on a Sunday. "Communication with the faith community should be enhanced, and institutions that may be potential targets should be monitored," reads one section of the police plan outline.