FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A former Broward sheriff detailed what local law enforcement officials were doing Friday as the search continued for one of the Boston marathon bombing suspects.
"There always seems to be a South Florida connection somewhere," said Al Lamberti.
At the time of the Sept. 11th attacks, Lamberti was a major in charge of Port Everglades and airport security.
"Once those suspects are identified, absolutely, we're checking our local databases because they could be anywhere and September 11th proved that," he said.
Lamberti said local law enforcement agencies were likely looking for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, who escaped an overnight shootout in suburban Watertown with police that left his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev -- the other man wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings -- dead.
"Every JTTF (Joint Terrorism Task Force) will do the same thing," said Lamberti. "Whether they've been stopped somewhere, going through a toll plaza, you name it, there's so many things that we can do intelligence wise."
More security planned for upcoming events in South Florida
Law enforcement officials in South Florida planned for increased security for upcoming events like the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run in Miami and the Lauderdale Air Show 2013.
"We're going to be adding undercover officers, put the bomb dogs out there, the bomb squad out there, and a lot more of our uniformed presence -- officers on bicycles throughout each home game of the playoffs," said Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa. "For the corporate run, we as well we're going to be doing the same thing."
DeAnna Greenlaw said the Fort Lauderdale Police Department is reevaluating its security for the air show.
"It's not fair to say changing our approach, but we're maybe reallocating things in different areas," she said. "We're trying to utilize, like I said, the information we're receiving from the federal government."