Law Enforcement Responds To Fourth of July Terrorist Concerns

Law enforcement officers across the country are ramping up security measures for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. While there are no specific threats in Greater Houston area, but cops here say they are being extra vigilant.


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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Houston Police Assistant Chief Martha Montalvo

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, is a member of the Committee on Homeland Security. She was recently briefed by the Joint Terrorism Task Force here in Houston.

“Today we are able to say that there is no specific credible intelligence on any incident that might specifically occur in this area,” Jackson Lee said.

The congresswoman said revelers can expect to see an increased law enforcement presence at public celebrations this Fourth of July holiday.

Assistant Chief Martha Montalvo is with the Houston Police Department. She reported that there are no specific threats in the city. But cops are concerned about so-called “lone wolves”, who act alone outside of established terror networks, and which can be difficult to track.

“They’re obviously difficult because you just never know. So a lot of what we have to do, is ensure we have the right information, so that we can ensure our communities are safe,” Montalvo said.

Police in Los Angeles and New York are deploying enhanced counterterrorism and security measures compared to previous Fourth of July holidays.


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