Local law enforcement learn from Boston Manhunt

By Jillian Marshall

April 19, 2013 Updated Apr 20, 2013 at 12:11 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Local law enforcement keeps watching as the hunt for a marathon bomber continues, learning how to protect the Southern Tier if a similar situation occurs.

Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski said the only way to really understand how to handle a situation like Boston is to experience it.

"We will look as best as information we can get when this is all over to make sure we're even better prepared if something on a smaller scale takes place," Zikuski said.

Broome-Endicott Swat Team Leader Matthew Cower said one of the most important things when searching for a person of interest is getting information out to the public by releasing a description or giving a picture of the suspect to the media.

Cower said the most difficult part of searching for a suspect is to pin point exactly where they are.

He said in Broome County, it's easier for a suspect to stand out, whereas in Boston, they can blend in.

Cower said the best way to find out where someone is, is to talk to people that knew the suspect.

"They're going to know where he's more apt to hang out. They're going to know where he's more apt to run. Places that he could go that he could take off and try to seek shelter outside of the area. Family and friends of this person of interest are the key to finding him," Cower said.

Cower said Boston's investigation and manhunt has been expedient.