Local law enforcement boost police presence ahead of inauguration
Ahead of the Biden Harris Inauguration there is a large presence of law enforcement at the US Capitol and state capitols across the country. I spoke with local law enforcement to see if we’ll see the same thing here in Jackson.
About 25,000 members of the Army National Guard were sent to Washington D.C to protect the capitol along with other state and federal agencies.
The scene locally looks a little different.
“We haven’t had any problems and don’t anticipate any problems, but we just want everybody to feel comfortable with police presence," says Chief Julian Wiser, of the Jackson Police Department.
The security level is very high at the US capitol and state capitols because of possible threats.
Wiser says although there is no current threat here they are still taking precautions.
“We don’t have any specific threats or any intel issues happening here in Jackson, Madison County. However we’re trying to be proactive, so we’ve added additional officers this week uniform officers and plain clothes," he adds.
Monitoring state and local government buildings especially in the downtown area is specifically on their agenda.
Wiser says the Jackson community communicates with them well and that helps lower the threat of violence in the area.
Wiser adds, "historically when we have looked at things that others cities have had to deal with in the past, we already had lines of communication established. We’re already sitting around the table gathered with folks in the community to try to address or minimize whatever issues that we are facing.”
Wiser also mentioned that officers with their police department and the Tennessee National Guard were activated to go to other parts of the state.