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“NO CREDIBLE THREAT’: Minnesota officials update state capitol security

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- All week we've been updating you about how state capitols around the nation are ramping up security as the FBI warns of potential threats ahead of inauguration day.

In a joint news conference Friday, local and state agencies addressed public safety at the Minnesota State Capitol to protect the people's house.

While we do not know about any specific threat in Minnesota, all state agencies are on alert and say there is no credible threat at the capitol.

"We take the threats to our capitol and to our citizens incredibly serious," Gov. Tim Walz said. "This is your house, and you should feel safe in your house," Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan added.

Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington says the plan in place and collaboration between all agencies is solid.

"Really solid plan. It is one of the best plans that we ever been partied too, and I've been part of big plans in the state of Minnesota," Harrington said. "If you come to the capitol to commit violent crimes, we will stop you."

Minnesota State Patrol Chief Col. Matt Langer said its always been State Patrol's duty to keep the capitol safe.

"Comfortable with the plan that we have in place to keep the state capitol the complex and the surrounding areas in St. Paul safe," Langer added.

Gov. Walz has also activated the Minnesota National Guard to keep the peace here and at the nation's capitol.

"We will be sending over 850 guardsmen to support the missions in Washington D.C.," said Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General.

As for how long we will be seeing the heightened security?

"We will keep the piece in the days that lead to the inauguration in D.C and we are prepared to keep the piece as long as it takes," Harrington said.

All while making sure to be aware about who is exercising their first amendment rights peacefully.

"While separating them from those who seek to do harm who come into our communities to do harm to lives, property and livelihood," St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said.

Ubah Ali

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