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Capital Region law enforcement remains on high alert for any possible violence

Emily Burkhard
Updated: January 16, 2021 07:23 PM
Created: January 15, 2021 07:11 PM

As we approach Inauguration Day, police and the FBI are keeping a close watch on state capitols across the country, including in Albany.

There are no specific threats at this time but as NewsChannel 13 has reported, law enforcement is not taking any chances.

"Make no mistake about it if you break the law you will be met with the full force of all of our agencies,” said Thomas Relford, Special Agent in Charge for the FBI’s Albany office.

Representatives from Albany police, New York State Police, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, the Albany FBI Office and the New York National Gard gathered for a press conference Friday afternoon.

They said they want to make it clear they're taking this seriously, and that they will find anyone looking to incite violence at the state Capitol or anywhere else in the region next week.

"This is a visible display of the partnerships that we have at all levels of law-enforcement in this area,” Albany police Chief Eric Hawkins said. “We're sending a strong message that at the federal, state, county and local levels that were prepared to deal with any threats and a present themselves now or that may emerge as we move forward in this area."

These agencies share information on a regular basis in ordinary times, but since the siege at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. last week they have been in constant communication.

"In fact earlier this week we hosted a joint terrorism task force intelligence briefing to share where we were and things going on,” Relford said. “Information shared between our partners is paramount and ensuring all the tools we need to protect our community."

Albany County District Attorney David Soares released a video Friday night as well.

"I say to you this, over the next several days if you're coming to Albany County make sure that you are coming with our ideas,” Soares said. “You're not going to like the outcome if what you're coming with our weapons and bad intentions."

Authorities are urging anyone with information about potential violence to contact FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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