The Paris Police Chief responds to a social media post regarding possible attacks on Texas churches.
“We’ve been contacted by several people regarding a social media post regarding FBI information regarding possible attacks on Texas churches,” said Chief of Police Bob Hundley.
Never ignore threat information but sometimes obtaining more information will be helpful in determining how to react. “The FBI is excellent in making sure local law enforcement is aware of any information regarding criminal activity being contemplated or in the process that they are aware of,” said Hundley. All of these investigations are followed to a conclusion and local law enforcement is always aware.
“There is not a specific threat communicated directly to anyone regarding an impending attack. The tweet was not found to be credible, very broad-based and that information was shared with local law enforcement as situational awareness only,” he said.
An event similar to this occurred back in December of 2016.
“We should all be aware that there are people out there who wish to harm the USA, and remain vigilant,” he said. “The local security teams that many places of worship have on hand should be alert for suspicious activity, but that should be every day. You might contemplate why would a so-called terrorist make a threat public, ensuring that the target would harden because of the threat. Whoever put the original tweet out did exactly what they wanted to do, worry people, frighten people and create some amount of panic.”