Today, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced the County is actively monitoring for suspicious activity and preparing for any security issues throughout Inauguration week. There have been no threats in Howard County or towards the Howard County Government at this time.
“Although there have been warnings about attacks on the Presidential Inauguration, Congress Members, and State Capitals, we have no threats in Howard County at this time,” said Ball. “However, we need to remain vigilant, be alert, and look out for one another. If you see or hear something that threatens violence, please do not hesitate to say something. I remain hopeful that our best days are ahead of us. We will get through this pandemic, and we will be a stronger and more united community from these challenges.”
The Howard County Police Department (HCPD) has been in contact with the Maryland State Police and is ready to assist upon request with any security needs in Annapolis or Washington, D.C. At this time, HCPD members are in stand-by mode.
“While there have been no indications of any threats in Howard County, we are ensuring that we have all resources available,” said Police Chief Lisa Myers. “Officers will be conducting extra high-visibility checks in areas throughout the county, including critical infrastructure.”
Chief Myers has restricted leave for officers and will be placing them on “Alert Status” during Inauguration activities, to be prepared to be called-up at any time. HCPD leaders have been maintaining contact with the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC) and the Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF).
“The Office of Emergency Management will be actively monitoring inauguration activities and coordinating any resource needs with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency,” said Mike Hinson, Director of the Office of Emergency Management.