Michigan Capitol Security Plan Announced in Anticipation of Protests
LANSING - The Michigan State Police have stepped up safety measures at the state capitol and its surrounding areas ahead of anticipated demonstrations at the capitol building on Sunday.
The state police have increased both personnel and protective measures and is working with the Michigan National Guard and FBI.
“Security enhancements that have been put in place include both seen and unseen measures,” stated Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP. “I can assure you that we take our responsibility for safeguarding the Capitol and those who work and visit here seriously and, together with our law enforcement partners, we will be prepared to ensure law and order.”
After the siege on the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, online promotion for marches on capitols at all 50 states has been on the rise.
The force securing the capitol will include also include officers from the Lansing Police Department and the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department. Specific details on how many officers and what specific safety measures will be taken at the capitol is not available.
“In general, we don’t discuss security measures so as not to provide an advantage to those wishing to inflict harm and cause disruption, but it’s important for the public to know that law enforcement is working together and has a coordinated plan to do everything within our power to ensure safety,” Gasper added. “We remain hopeful that those who choose to demonstrate do so peacefully, without violence or destruction of property.”
The increased presence at the Capitol started on Monday and will continue into the middle of Februrary.