Law enforcers alert for 9/11 anniversary

Law enforcers alert for 9/11 anniversary
Jim Vaught
Jim Vaught

Thursday is the 13th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania.

South Georgia law enforcement and emergency management say they'll be on alert. While there is no specific threat, they will still be especially vigilant.

Dougherty County first responders say the 9-11 anniversary still calls for law enforcement across the nation to be vigilant.

Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Captain Craig Dodd said "There is a heightened sense of awareness of what can happen, and what has happened."

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 changed law enforcement and emergency officials dramatically, with first responders training to be ready for another attack at any time. Emergency management officials say the threat on the anniversary is small here, but they will be on alert.

Dougherty County Emergency Management Deputy Director Jim Vaught said "We are in fact an agriculture rural area. The threat assessment at the state level is just not high in our particular area. So we ask people to be cognizant around themselves, If they see something, report it."

Dougherty County Sheriff's deputies will be vigilant, checking folks coming into the courthouse, and could perform more traffic stops if suspicions are aroused. They ask you to keep watch for suspicious activities, people doing things that seem out of the ordinary.

Dodd said, "They possibly are doing them with an ulterior motive, then call law enforcement and let them know, anytime of the year."

The 13th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks continues to remind people that keeping watch is the best way to protect your community.

Authorities say South Georgians should not worry about any incidents. They just ask you to stay alert for unusual activities as they will be Thursday.

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