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Local law enforcement agencies ramp up safety efforts as Inauguration Day nears

Posted at 5:40 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 22:04:32-05

The events at the U.S. Capitol last week and concerns of potential riots as the inauguration nears have many local agencies on alert.

Some local law enforcement agencies said they are prepared if something were to happen. At the Oceano Dunes, State Parks officials said they are also preparing and keeping track of recent social media posts.

"You know, we are aware of some local events so for those, we are adjusting some of our operations,” Oceano State Parks Superintendent Kevin Pearce said.

Pearce said they are not aware of any legitimate threats in the area but are prepared with staff available statewide.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office also has plans in place.

In a statement, the sheriff’s office said in part, "We are continually monitoring outlets for planned events in our areas. Additionally, we are tied in with statewide mutual aid and are briefed daily.”

Police in Lompoc and Santa Maria said there have been no indications of threats in those areas.

The California Highway Patrol told KSBY they are also preparing at a state and local level.

In Paso Robles, the police chief says the safety of residents is their main focus.

"We, just as the area chiefs and the sheriffs, we want to reassure the community that we are here to protect people and to keep everybody safe,” Paso Robles Police Chief Ty Lewis said.

CHP said they have deployed personnel to the state capitol in Sacramento but are ready on the Central Coast if needed.