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Hamilton Co. agency staying vigilant in days leading up to Inauguration Day

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Posted at 6:05 AM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 07:35:27-05

As federal agencies warn states about possible armed protests and rallies in state capitols leading up to Inauguration Day, the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency (HCEMA) is still on the lookout for threats in order to keep citizens safe.

There are no known violent threats or armed rallies planned for Cincinnati in the coming days, but the HCEMA is still gathering information from online sources like Twitter and Facebook just in case.

What they are looking for are certain tags or keywords which might hint at violence. If found, HCEMA passes this information along to law enforcement agencies.

Agency director Nick Crossley said he's not expecting anything to happen in Cincinnati. He also commends the Cincinnati Police Department for their handling of past events.

"I don't anticipate something like that here," Crossley said. "Cincinnati works well with all of their partners so I think moving forward they are a model for how to handle these kinds of events nationwide that doesn’t mean things won't go sideways."