“We are always ready”: R.I. National Guard outside of State House ahead of Inauguration

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): Members of the National Guard and Humvees were seen outside of the Rhode Island State House on Saturday night ahead of Inauguration Day.

Governor Gina Raimondo activated the National Guard out of an abundance of caution, according to a spokesperson.

This comes as the FBI put out a warning indicating possible “armed protests” planned at all 50 state capitols in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

While officials have said there are no credible threats,  the Rhode Island National Guard said they are prepared for anything.

“We have soldiers, military police, security forces ready to respond,” Capt. Mark Incze with the R.I. Army National Guard said. “We are always ready. The safety of our citizens and our community is our top priority.”

Col. James Manni with the Rhode Island State Police said there are no credible threats to Rhode Island.

“As always, we are in close communication with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and are monitoring other sources of intelligence through our Fusion Center,” Col. Manni said.

The Providence Police Department also echoing the same message.

“The events that have occurred throughout the last few weeks have shaken our country,” Col. Hugh Clements with the  Providence Police Department said. “We are working closely with our federal and state law enforcement partners, including the FBI.”

While Providence police said there are no substantiated threats regarding violence in and around the city at this time, they are fully prepared to address any acts of violence.

“There is no need to cancel or adjust any scheduled activities or events in the City of Providence for the weekend or leading up to Inauguration Day,” Col. Clements said.

 

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