BY RYAN SHERIDAN
Daily Press writer
Local law enforcement wants to assure residents, that despite yesterday's warning from the federal government, the threat of a terrorist strike in this area is very low.
Both the Moffat County Sheriff's Office and the Craig Police Department want residents to be vigilant about their personal security, but at the same time continue to live a normal life.
Law enforcement departments across the country are on a heightened level of awareness, and the Sheriff's Office and the Craig Police are no different.
The Sheriff's Office continues to have added patrols for several locations. Those patrols being added after the Sept. 11 attacks, said Sheriff Buddy Grinstead. The department has not had any word of a threat to this area from state or federal authorities, he said.
"Essentially, we have received no information that indicates a direct threat to our community," Grinstead said. "People need to be aware of their surroundings and those people around them, but there is no need to be paranoid. Everyone should continue to go about their business."
Anyone with concerns about suspicious activities, packages or persons should contact law enforcement, he said.
"If someone receives a package that is a cause of concern, for example, I'd rather have them call us, rather than showing it around to other people and possibly making a bad situation worse," Grinstead said. "If anyone needs any assistance or advice, they should feel free to call us. If we can't alleviate the situation, we'll run on over and take a look at their concerns."
Craig Police are also encouraging the community to be pro-active. Residents should be comfortable in contacting the police about possible problems or suspicious situations. Give the benefit of the doubt to their concerns, as opposed to not reporting something, said Henry Stoffel, Craig Police Administrative Sergeant.
"While we are aware of the recent FBI announcement, we are not aware of any local threats," he said. "We're asking the community to be aware of what's going on around them. People should report anything out of the ordinary, but it's also important that everyone does go on with their lives.
"We don't want anyone to become paranoid. Just be aware, and report anything suspicious."
The FBI announced this week that the U.S. is prone to the threat of terrorist activity in the upcoming days.