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LAPD Chief Beck discusses 9/11 anniversary

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Security on the streets of Los Angeles will be beefed up this weekend ahead of the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks in 2001.

Additional Los Angeles police officers will be out on patrol. Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck laid out his security plan for the weekend Thursday.

The LAPD's staffing levels will be at full strength.

"There will be thousands of Los Angeles police officers working throughout the weekend, not only in the normal crime-fighting capacity but also keeping an eye on our critical infrastructure, working our airport, working our port," said Beck.

While we remember the thousands of civilians, firefighters and police officers who lost their lives on that dark day in history, Beck says we must acknowledge what we've done to make our city and nation safer.

Beck says the key has been information-sharing between agencies.

"Our avenues of information between federal partners and local partners has been amplified times 100," said Beck.

The LAPD receives constant intelligence briefings from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, and Beck says there are no credible threats against the city of Los Angeles at this time.

Even though al Qaeda may be weakened with the killing of Osama bin Laden, he says we can never let our guard down. But staying safe means working together as a team, and the chief is calling on all Angelenos to do continue to do their part.

"If you see something, as a member of the public, that doesn't make sense to you, particularly on this anniversary of the most horrific attack to ever occur on American soil, say something," said Beck.

A number of 9/11 commemorative events are planned around the city for Sunday. A large police presence will be at those events.

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