Local law enforcement agencies say they are prepared to meet safety demands if unrest accompanies inauguration

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Posted 1/17/21

Law enforcement agencies throughout the Denver metro area are making preparations to respond should any civil unrest accompany Jan. 20's presidential inauguration. In a statement posted last week on …

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Local law enforcement agencies say they are prepared to meet safety demands if unrest accompanies inauguration

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Law enforcement agencies throughout the Denver metro area are making preparations to respond should any civil unrest accompany Jan. 20's presidential inauguration.

In a statement posted last week on Twitter, the Denver Police Department said it would not identify any potential events or groups "due the sensitivity and potential safety concerns."

"What we can say at this time is that DPD is aware that there are efforts to organize two possible protests in Denver in the coming weeks and we will continue monitoring and planning accordingly," the statement reads.

The following are recent statements from some suburban law enforcement agencies:

Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office

"The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office is currently working with our Federal, State and local partners within Arapahoe County to insure public safety to our citizens during the Inauguration. At this time we have not received any information pertaining to any county facility. The Sheriff's Office has planned and has appropriate staffing should anything arise."

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock

“In order to ensure public safety in Douglas County, I along with the chiefs of police of the municipalities have made staffing preparations to accommodate potential needs throughout the county. We are also monitoring for any safety concerns and working with state and federal partners as needed.”  

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

"We have special units constantly gathering and monitoring different sources of intelligence and as of right now there is nothing alarming enough that would cause us to step up any added security. If information gathered leads us to believe there will be any problems then we will of course act accordingly."

Littleton Police Department

"We have not received any information leading us to believe that any unrest or protest activity may occur in our area. Of course, we always support the public's right to peaceably express their grievances, as long as it is done lawfully. Our officers are all aware of the potential for unrest, and are on the constant lookout for anything developing. We do have plans in place to address civil unrest if it occurs."

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