Omaha Police and FBI set up command post ahead of possible armed protests

(Omaha, NE) -- The Omaha Police Department and FBI Omaha Field Office have established a command post in anticipation of possible armed protests ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration.

A joint release from OPD and the FBI states that the partnership is being established to gather intelligence and coordinate with local and state partners on potential threats. The FBI says at this point in time, they have not received any specific and substantial threat to the Nebraska state Capitol or other government buildings in our area. However, the FBI says they are working with the Omaha Police Department and other local law enforcement partners to continuously share information based on tips submitted by the public.

“The Omaha Department is committed to early detection and preparedness for any threats to the Omaha community; we have stepped up our efforts on both leading up to the presidential inauguration.” - Chief Todd Schmaderer 

FBI Omaha says they are focused on identifying, investigating, and disrupting individuals who continue to incite violence and engage in criminal activity here locally. Special Agent in Charge Eugene Kowel says, “Between now and the presidential inauguration on January 20, we will maintain a heightened posture to monitor for any emerging threats to our region.”  

The FBI says they are asking for the public’s help in "protecting our communities and the rights of peaceful protesters." They are urging people to call FBI Omaha at 402-493-8688 regarding potential violence at any upcoming protest or event. If you know of an immediate emergency, call 911.

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