LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Security will be beefed-up at several New Year’s Eve events across Southern California Thursday in response to an uncorroborated, non-specific terrorism threat.
According to federal officials, the threat has been made against Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York.
The FBI released a statement that reads in part: “While the FBI and Department of Homeland Security are not aware of any specific, credible threats to the homeland, we continue to take proactive steps to ensure personnel and resources are in place to ensure the safety and security of our communities. We remind the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activities which could represent a threat to the public safety.”
Authorities here in Southern California say the threat will not affect beefed-up New Year’s Eve patrols.
Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau said the department has “received no credible threats that have been directed toward the city of county of Los Angeles.”
The Los Angeles Police Department’s Metropolitan Division will be on maximum deployment and the Central Division will have extra officers on hand where various celebrations are planned in downtown Los Angeles.
Security will also be heavy at the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl football game in Pasadena on New Year’s Day.
The FBI plans to increase the number of agents and staff it will have on hand at command centers in Los Angeles and other U.S. cities.
According to CNN, President Obama has been briefed about the threat, which came from a single source overseas and warned of possible attacks between Christmas and New Year holidays.
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