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Columbus Homeland Security, Fort Benning urge public vigilance

Columbus Homeland Security Director, Lieutenant Brad Hicks, says immediately after news of Osama's death surfaced he reached out to local authorities. Columbus Homeland Security Director, Lieutenant Brad Hicks, says immediately after news of Osama's death surfaced he reached out to local authorities.

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - As news about the death of Osama Bin Laden spread, celebrations erupted across the United States. 

While in Columbus, officers with Homeland Security went into action. The group's director, Lieutenant Brad Hicks, immediately reached out to local authorities.

"We have a great relationship with military officials at Fort Benning and along with a great relationship with our FBI counterparts in Atlanta," said Hicks.

Hicks consulted with local and federal public safety leaders, then called for people in our region to be on guard.

When asked about the about the potential for terrorists targeting the Columbus Airport, Lieutenant Hicks did not want to give details on how they would stop that kind of attack, or scare the public.

News Leader 9 also reached out to officials at neighboring Fort Benning. They gave us this statement:

"As a general rule or matter of policy, we do not discuss our security measures. However, in light of recent world events, we are taking prudent measures to ensure the safety and security of those who live and work on Fort Benning.  This also serves as a reminder for all to remain vigilant, and report suspicious activity that appears out of the norm."

According to the Columbus Homeland Security Department, there are no indications that retaliation attacks will occur. "Proud to say that as of right now we have no information coming down that anything is heading towards Columbus or Fort Benning," Hicks stated.

Everyone is encouraged to report suspicious activity to authorities. Hicks offered this advice to the public, "If you see, say something."

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