Statement from Juneau Police addresses possible threat and advises public how to respond

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Police Department has issued the following statement in regards to the possible threat of armed protests in the state capital and specifically at the state capitol building.

    The Juneau Police Department and our law enforcement partners would like to address community concerns from last week’s violent activity at the U.S. Capitol and subsequent warnings states will see possible demonstrations at their respective capitals.  The Juneau Police Department and our partners have not received any specific threats, and as the nation approaches the presidential inauguration on January 20, we will be maintaining a heightened posture to ensure the safety of our community.  We are in close communication with our state and federal law enforcement partners and are sharing information amongst agencies based on tips submitted by the public.  If you have information about potential violence or criminal acts in Juneau, please call the Juneau Police Department Dispatch Center at (907) 586-0600.   We would also like to remind our community to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before potentially spreading misinformation.

    Through statements of their own, the FBI Anchorage Field Office and the Department of Public Safety have issued the following:

    “Throughout Alaska, the FBI Anchorage Field Office supports our state, local, and federal law enforcement partners with maintaining public safety in the communities we share together.  The FBI Anchorage Field Office has not received any specific threats regarding locations in Alaska.  We are working with our law enforcement partners to continuously share information based on tips submitted by the public.  We ask anyone with information to contact the FBI at 907-276-4441 or go to tips.fbi.gov to report potential violence or criminal acts.”

    “We understand that there is concern for public safety; as such, the Department of Public Safety is in close communications with our law enforcement partner agencies and, if necessary, will take appropriate response actions to any potential credible threats. At this time, no credible threats have been found. Public safety truly is a team effort in Alaska. We are very fortunate to have strong working relationships with law enforcement officials at all levels of government throughout this state that we can count on when it comes to planning and taking appropriate steps to safeguard the wellbeing of Alaskans. If an emergency arises, please call 911 to make a report.”

    The JPD mission is to work in partnership with the people of Juneau to make our city a place where people can live safely and without fear.  While there are no current credible threats to our capital, JPD will continue to monitor and prepare for the situation along with our state and federal partners.

     

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