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Rhode Island State Police Response to Recent Terrorist Threat Activity

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that the Rhode Island State Police continues to work with its law enforcement partners on a federal, state, and local level to monitor suspicious activity that may be connected to a threat against our homeland.

In the past week, there have been numerous reports in the media regarding potential threats of terrorist activity originating in the Arabian Peninsula. These threats are global in nature based upon intelligence and credible information relating to the Arabian Peninsula involving members of Al Qaeda. Federal, state, and local law enforcement, including the Rhode Island State Police, in a coordinated effort across the United States continue to share information and ensure the appropriate security measures are in place.

The Rhode Island State Police manages the Rhode Island State Fusion Center, which is comprised of federal, state, and local homeland security personnel including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). We take all threats seriously. In response to the threat that has been in the media for the past week, the Rhode Island State Police has been, and will continue to deploy additional troopers and resources to monitor transportation hubs, including maritime, rail, air, and other transportation facilities, as well as all major events in the state.

This message is to inform the public that the Rhode Island State Police continues to work with its community partners on a daily basis, as many important tips concerning suspicious activity come in from citizens. We are asking that if you observe any suspicious activity that needs immediate attention, call 9-1-1. Otherwise, we ask that you call the Rhode Island State Fusion Center tips line at (401) 444-1117 or toll free at 1 (866) 490-TIPS (8477) The caller reserves the right to remain anonymous. All information provided will be fully investigated in a timely and thorough manner.

Tips to the Fusion Center regarding suspicious activity can also be sent via e-mail to:

Additional information is available on the Fusion Center's website at:

We encourage you to become familiar with the "Eight Signs of Terrorism," which is available at

Important information on your observations that can help the Fusion follow up on leads can be found at:

You can contact the Rhode Island State Police at any time to report suspicious activity by calling *77 (*SP) or 9-1-1 on your cellular telephone. This is a free call that connects you to the nearest State Police Barracks.

You should know that there are no immediate threats to Rhode Island. However, the Rhode Island State Police believes it is important that our citizens know that these threats are worldwide, and Rhode Island law enforcement is taking additional steps to investigate any and all potentially suspicious activity both within Rhode Island and our bordering states.

Remember: "If you see something; say something."

Contact: Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent

Telephone: (401) 444-1120

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police


Release date: 08-08-2013

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