Precautionary barriers to be installed at Hamilton County Courthouse for Inauguration Day

While security is tight in Washington, D.C., for Inauguration Day, there are also plans in place to keep Ohio safe.Extra measures have been put in place at Ohio’s Statehouse and even in Hamilton County.By Wednesday morning, barricades will go up around the Hamilton County Courthouse, Justice Center and complex.The Hamilton County Sheriff said it’s all precautionary.Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey said there are no credible threats, but she wants barricades up just in case.”We are certainly watching and listening,” she said.McGuffey said she is taking action ahead of Inauguration Day to make sure everything is well-protected.The barriers that will be put in place will resemble those put up around the same buildings last year.”We do not want people to damage our property, break windows, hurt each other. It’s a safety issue, and you know again, I’ll emphasize we certainly support peaceful protests,” McGuffey said.At the state Capitol, hundreds of National Guard members have been activated to help Ohio state troopers and Columbus police.The statehouse is closed through Wednesday.There’s also metal fencing and boarded up windows.OSHP Lieutenant Craig Cvetan said the plan has worked so far.”We’re going to evaluate every day how long that’s needed, but ultimately, we don’t have a timeline for that security plan. We’re going to keep it in place as long as it’s needed,” he said.The FBI warned of potential armed protests at all 50 statehouses leading up to the inauguration.Local officials said anyone who may have a tip should call law enforcement.”You may think it’s insignificant and it’s not something that you need to report, but a lot of the things you know that that law enforcement is able to intervene in ultimately starts with somebody reporting it,” Cvetan said.McGuffey said she hopes for a peaceful Inauguration Day and a more unified 2021.

While security is tight in Washington, D.C., for Inauguration Day, there are also plans in place to keep Ohio safe.

Extra measures have been put in place at Ohio’s Statehouse and even in Hamilton County.

By Wednesday morning, barricades will go up around the Hamilton County Courthouse, Justice Center and complex.

The Hamilton County Sheriff said it’s all precautionary.

Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey said there are no credible threats, but she wants barricades up just in case.

“We are certainly watching and listening,” she said.

McGuffey said she is taking action ahead of Inauguration Day to make sure everything is well-protected.

The barriers that will be put in place will resemble those put up around the same buildings last year.

“We do not want people to damage our property, break windows, hurt each other. It’s a safety issue, and you know again, I’ll emphasize we certainly support peaceful protests,” McGuffey said.

At the state Capitol, hundreds of National Guard members have been activated to help Ohio state troopers and Columbus police.

The statehouse is closed through Wednesday.

There’s also metal fencing and boarded up windows.

OSHP Lieutenant Craig Cvetan said the plan has worked so far.

“We’re going to evaluate every day how long that’s needed, but ultimately, we don’t have a timeline for that security plan. We’re going to keep it in place as long as it’s needed,” he said.

The FBI warned of potential armed protests at all 50 statehouses leading up to the inauguration.

Local officials said anyone who may have a tip should call law enforcement.

“You may think it’s insignificant and it’s not something that you need to report, but a lot of the things you know that that law enforcement is able to intervene in ultimately starts with somebody reporting it,” Cvetan said.

McGuffey said she hopes for a peaceful Inauguration Day and a more unified 2021.

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