Published On: Thu, Jan 14th, 2021

Amid domestic terrorism threats, Pa. law enforcement stepping up posture around capitol, statewide

By Tom Sofield | Levittown Now

Capitol Police Sgt. Mike Schmidt during a press conference outside the complex in August 2020.
(Photo: PA Internet News Service)

In the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, Pennsylvania authorities have increased security at the state capitol complex and across the commonwealth.

Since last week’s attack in Washington D.C. that ended with five deaths and a wave of arrests and federal investigations, the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex in Harrisburg has had a visibly increased security posture that has included officers in tactical gear and barricades being placed outside the ornate building that houses the office of the governor, lieutenant governor, and chambers of the legislature.

During a Thursday afternoon briefing, state security officials said approximately 400 Pennsylvania National Guard members will be called up over the coming days. Some will be based in Harrisburg and the final destinations on the deployments for the rest will be determined.

Pennsylvania Capitol Police, which oversee law enforcement duties for the complex, are “enhancing its visible presence and will continue to collaborate with other law enforcement entities,” said Pennsylvania Department of General Services’ Director of Communications Troy Thompson said.

The Pennsylvania State Police said they are working with capitol police and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency on protection for the complex.

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  1. frolica@comcast.net' REGGIE says:

    What a farce.What an act from misguided Governor Wolf.Thank God we have term limits unless the courts stick their nose in and usurp the Legislators again.

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