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Terror threats in other states spark safety concern in Arizona

Posted at 6:42 PM, Nov 04, 2016

Officials are warning of terror threats in three states the day before Americans go to the polls.  

Arizona isn’t specifically mentioned, but law enforcement officials at the federal, state and local levels are promising vigilance.  

“Nobody deserves to feel threatened in our community,” said Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

Brnovich wouldn’t give any specific information, but said his office would work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and anybody else necessary to protect people in the state.  

Gov. Doug Ducey’s office mirrored the comments from Brnovich, saying Arizona Emergency Management, Arizona Homeland Security and DPS all stand “diligent and prepared.”  Brnovich, saying Arizona Emergency Management, Arizona Homeland Security and DPS all stand “diligent and prepared.”  

A spokesperson for Phoenix police said the department never discusses specific security procedures, but has no evidence of a credible threat in the city.

Meanwhile, it’s rare for law enforcement and government entities to comment about hypothetical threats. The fact that all agencies are entertaining questions on the topic is evidence that people are on high alert.

The FBI special agent in charge (S.A.C) of Phoenix said the bureau is working with other federal agencies and the local departments to evaluate all threat information on a daily basis.

“We look at the same thing, the fact that another state is identified. Our analysts, as well as our agents, will look through everything we have to make sure our citizens here in Arizona are safe,” said FBI S.A.C. Michael DeLeon.

The Arizona Democratic and Republican parties both have major rallies planned for election night and told ABC15 that security is not significantly different from what it was in 2012.