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News Release

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Media Relations

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Los Angeles: Working with our law enforcement partners, the FBI has found no evidence that the threat made to the Los Angeles Metro Red Line is credible. Based on significant similarities, law enforcement partners also believe the anonymous caller may have, on a previous occasion, reported threats that did not materialize. The Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) will continue to investigate to determine the identity of the caller and will continue to evaluate information developed from investigative efforts.

Any individual who knowingly provides false threat information to law enforcement, which can often result in a tactical response and the costly deployment of government resources, is subject to prosecution.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Los Angeles Police Department remain on a heightened state of awareness with increased directed patrol deployments where deemed necessary. Both agencies report that they have not experienced any significant problems or disruptions on the Los Angeles transit systems.

According to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, "These types of events are beneficial, as they highlight our strengths in a unified command structure. Once again in a seamless manner municipal, county, and federal resources rapidly deployed to keep the traveling public safe. Ultimately it is the patience and vigilance of our residents in Los Angeles that make it easier for these types of operations to be successful."

We continue to urge the public to remain vigilant and to report activity they consider to be suspicious to the FBI, or by dialing 911. In addition, the Los Angeles Police Department can be reached toll free at 1-800-A-THREAT (1-800-284-7328) or via the iWatch app at iWatchLA.org.

LA Crime Stoppers is another available option. Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department station or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call LA Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the "P3 Tips" mobile app for FREE or "P3 Mobile" for the hearing impaired, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.




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