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TPD Chief: "We will be fully staffed" ahead of potential Inauguration Day threats

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Posted at 1:39 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 13:43:13-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — On Wednesday, Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey asked Tallahassee Police Department Chief Lawrence Revell during the City Commission Retreat for an update on their plan to protect the capital city from potential uprisings around Inauguration Day.

This comes days after the FBI warned in an internal bulletin that armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols and at the U.S. Capitol.

"We do not have any specific intelligence, but, the national narrative that is going around, we are certainly aware of that and planning for that as well," said Chief Revell. "I can tell you we have no specifics for our capitol or Tallahassee, other than the general rallies that are being advertised on different media sources."

Chief Revell then told city commissioners that he had canceled days off for all TPD officers beginning Jan. 17 and through Jan. 21, in order to be fully staffed in case something arises.

He also said that TPD is in coordination with the Leon County Sheriff's Office, FDLE, FAMU and FSU Police departments, Florida Highway Patrol as well as the FBI ahead of the threats of violence.

"All that to say we are planning, we are prepared, and we will make sure that we are fully staffed to handle any issue that might arise," said Chief Revell.

This also comes as Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that the state was prepared to "act very quickly" and said law enforcement “reinforcements” will be on standby in response to any uprisings.