CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Charlottesville Police Department (CPD) says it has been in a state of readiness after violence took place in the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
“We come in everyday and we are being vigilant about the threats that could come into this community and using every resource we have, even our local and national partners, as well,” CPD Chief RaShall Brackney said.
Chief Brackney says the department is very intentional when it comes to allocating resources across the city in order to keep everyone safe.
“We’ve been getting the same reports and intelligence reports across the nation that have been broadcast on mainstream media, as well as Twitter, about what could happen on January 6,” the chief said. “All of our planning has taken that into account not only through January 6, but through inauguration.”
Brackney says CPD is always preparing and considering for what might occur outside a range of normal possibilities, and now the department is taking everything into consideration leading up to the inauguration on January 20..
“This nation is no longer able to just sit back and wait for things to happen. We need to be proactive,” Brackney said. “These types of domestic terrorist attacks are the attacks that we are most vulnerable to and one of the things we must address in the law enforcement community.”
If you spot an emergency in the community and would like to report it, Brackney says the first thing you should do is dial 911 so the department can determine where to deploy its resources.