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News Release

Friday, February 7, 2003

Media Relations

LAPD Increases Terrorism Threat Alert Level

"LAPD Increases Terrorism Threat Alert Level"


Los Angeles: In response to the Federal Government’s decision to raise the National Threat Alert Level from "Elevated" (Yellow) to "High" (Orange), the Los Angeles Police Department, today at 1:30 P.M., increased the Department’s threat alert level from Level 3 to Level 4. The Department will remain at Level 4 until further notice.

Effective immediately, the following changes in Department operations are in effect:

  • The Department Operations Center (DOC) has been activated.
  • The Department’s Intelligence Control Center (ICC) has been activated.
  • Geographic Areas will provide extra patrol to critical locations identified in their Single Purpose Terrorism Response Plans (549 sites have been identified).
  • All Department personnel shall remain alert for potential terrorism-related activities and immediately forward any information to the ICC.

In response to today’s announcement by the Federal Government, Los Angeles City Mayor James Hahn issued the following statement: "Here in Los Angeles we are safe but we are also prepared. The safety of the public is my highest priority and we have taken steps today to ensure that all our public safety agencies are on alert and remain vigilant at all times." LA Police Commission President Rick Caruso added, "We are all feeling anxious. However, based upon my briefings, I am confident that the Department is taking the appropriate steps to protect the people of Los Angeles. I encourage everyone to help the LAPD by calling in any suspicious activity that they may see. Unfortunately, this is now the world we live in. With the LAPD’s commitment to homeland security, and the community’s support and involvement, we will be a safer Los Angeles."

It is important to note that no specific threat of terrorism has been made toward the City of Los Angeles. However, the LAPD is encouraging all residents to be vigilant and alert as they go about their day-to-day activities. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the LAPD’s Terrorism Tip Hotline at 1-877-A-THREAT (1-877-284-7328). For further information contact LAPD Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.

This press release was prepared by Sergeant John Pasquariello, LAPD Media Relations Section.