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Law enforcement remains on guard in Las Vegas on Inauguration Day

Posted at 7:00 AM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 10:00:14-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police say there are no specific threats in the area. But law enforcement remains on guard and ready to respond to any unrest on Inauguration Day.

The George Foley Federal Building downtown remained boarded up Wednesday morning, and police say the department is ready for anything that may come up as Joe Biden is sworn in as President of the United States.

Larry Hadfield with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says there have been no specific credible threats identified in Las Vegas. Still, the FBI has warned of possible armed protests in all 50 states.

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Hadfield says local police are in constant contact with the criminal information gathering fusion center and other agencies at every level with resources in place to respond to any trouble quickly.

He says there is nothing wrong with peaceful protest, but it must remain peaceful.

"I think that people just need to take the time, make sure they are responsible, and to conduct themselves reasonably. If you do, in any case, want to voice your opinion, do it quietly and make sure you are responsible and peaceful," Hadfield said.

Physical barriers are not up at any government buildings, and streets remained open on Wednesday morning. The U.S. Marshal Service has also indicated that they are working with police, the FBI and ATF to identify and respond to potential threats in Las Vegas.