Takoma Park Police Chief Antonio DeVaul has issued a statement regarding Wednesday’s riots at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
The statement is below:
“We all were shocked and horrified to see the images of rioters violently breaching the Capitol building yesterday. While there were and are no direct threats to the City of Takoma Park, our agency immediately implemented security protocols. This involved increasing our staffing, securing high profile sites in the City, and coordinating with our law enforcement partners across the region to provide mutual aid.
“We implemented a high-profile police presence in the city to deter any events in Takoma Park. We will continue our heightened level of alertness, communicate with our regional law enforcement partners, and monitor intelligence.
“I know many are shocked and scared by the events in the District of Columbia yesterday and the possibility of our city becoming the target of certain groups. I want to be clear there are no active threats against the City of Takoma Park. That being said, the Takoma Park Police Department is prepared for any event that may occur in our beautiful city. We have operational plans in place and have Memorandums of Understanding with our law enforcement partners should any event occur in Takoma Park.
“We are here to protect all residents equally and with dignity and respect.”
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