Georgia law men are alert for extremist attacks

Georgia law men are alert for extremist attacks

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - After an attack by Islamic extremists in Texas, should you be concerned about the possibility of a terror attack here?

Local law officers are thinking about that after Texas police killed two suspected terrorists who tried to shoot up a contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul said South Georgians don't need to be frightened, but state law enforcers remain on guard for the terror threat.

Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul says his office takes every tip about unusual activity seriously, and he won't say an attack could never happen here.

Sproul said "Terrorism is taking place all over the world. Probably in every continent we have there has seen some terrorist strike, I would say in the last ten years."

Sproul said the State's Sheriffs Association discusses and trains on terrorism, gathering information on what deputies need to watch for and plans for preventing attacks.

Sproul said "We don't want to blow it off and a bomb explode or a shooting takes place. A week later and we find out that we didn't act on that top that we received. So we take very tip seriously."

Sheriffs say Georgians should not be concerned, but still be observant. If you see something out of the ordinary, officials ask you to call your Sheriff's Office or Police, to let them look into it. Because officials say terrorism could happen anywhere.

Sheriff Sproul said the Georgia Sheriffs Association works with local law enforcement and federal agencies, gathering intelligence on terror threats and groups, to protect against attacks.

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