Anti-terrorism precautions taken in Rhode Island

by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

Things look normal at the Providence Airport, but we do know more eyeballs are watching.

This after renewed concerns about possible terrorism overseas and at home.

“It was a credible threat, unsure where. This is across the country, not just Rhode Island,” said State Police Colonel Steven O'Donnell

O'Donnell says the concerns began a week ago when almost two dozens U.S. embassies were closed overseas.

Because the threats were not specific, extra precautions were taken to protect the U.S. at home.

“It's really a heightened awareness to make sure everybody knows there is some activity – that no one is sure what's transpiring – but it's better to error on the side of caution than not to have any knowledge of it at all,” Col. O'Donnell added.

So the state police issued a media advisory urging people to report anything suspicious.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, “The Rhode Island State Police operate what's known as a fusion center. Basically if a threat or critical information comes in, it is quickly fanned out to call local law enforcement agencies.”

“Well we pull together our team, as soon as we get that kind of alert,” said Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian (R).

In Warwick, that means adding additional patrols on 39 miles of coastline, the highways and other high profile locations.

“And it's almost like clockwork that our departments will just have more patrols around the airport, more patrols around the train station, just as a course of normal action,” said Mayor Avedisian.

Again the measures are a precaution, since there is no specific threat aimed at Rhode Island.