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Annapolis on high alert ahead of Presidential Inauguration despite “no specific threat”

Posted at 7:37 AM, Jan 18, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — State Capital's across the nation are on highlight ahead of the 2021 Presidential Inauguration, after the attack on our Nation's Capital earlier this month.

The Annapolis Public Safety Team said there has been no specific threat to Annapolis or Anne Arundel County but the city isn't taking any chances.

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said they are working with federal, state and local law enforcement to keep everyone safe. They're monitoring activity in and around the city and already have more resources out in the area.

Chief Kevin Simmons, the Director of the Annapolis Office of Emergency Management said even though the city has a lot of resources, you can be a valuable resource too. He said, "you as a community can help us keep the community safe. If you see something, say something."

You can call the Annapolis Police Department non-emergency line at 410-268-4141 or if you have any question call 410-260-2211.

The National Guard is another resource being used. The head of the Nation Guard in the district is from the Eastern Shore. Army Brigadier General and Assistant Adjutant General for the Maryland National Guard, Janeen Birckhead, grew up in Worcester County and graduated from Snow Hill High School. That's according to our ABC station in Salisbury.

Governor Larry Hogan tweeted that Maryland is extremely proud of Brigadier General Birckhead and thanked everyone who is defending the heart of our democracy.

He also stated Maryland will continue to do everything it can to help keep D.C. secure. 26 members of the Baltimore City Police Department are going to help during the inauguration. Governor Hogan declared a state of emergency and asked the White House for a presidential disaster declaration to reimburse state and local governments in Maryland for the help they have during the riots.