COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) -The events at the Capitol building in Washington left many people stunned at the chaos and destruction rioters caused last Wednesday.
It’s left many law enforcement agencies and city leaders asking the question, are we ready if something like this were to take place here. News Leader 9 reached out to several people in various agencies across the Chattahoochee Valley in regard to the matter of security protocols for state buildings.
Most weren’t very forthcoming with information due to it still being a topic of discussion as leaders plan for the days to come, leading up to the presidential inauguration next Wednesday. Also, some simply declined to talk for reasons of being left exposed in case someone were to act on thoughts of harming citizens or government property.
However, one law enforcement agency did offer some insight on their security protocols. Maj. Steven Sikes with the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office offered little detailed information on what the sheriff’s office is doing in regard to the possibility of insurrection in the county. He said there is a plan in place if it were to come to their front door.
“We do have security protocols in place currently,” said Sikes. “We’re addressing the intel and looking at intel. We’ll make a decision based on the intel we receive as to what protocols we increase moving forward to Inauguration Day.”
Sikes adds, “Right now with the intel we’re getting, we don’t have a lot going on with local issues. I’d like everybody to know, the sheriff’s office respects everybody’s right to protest peacefully. We encourage it. If it turns violent or someone tries to damage the buildings here, it will not be tolerated and we’ll deal with it.”