FBI Jacksonville ‘ready to respond to any threat of violence or criminal activity’

Message comes after Capitol riot and ahead of inauguration

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The FBI Jacksonville Division is prepared to respond to any threats of violence or criminal activity in North Florida.

FBI Jacksonville Special Agent in Charge Rachel Rojas sent that message in a letter to the media.

The letter, dated Jan. 15, reads, in part:

“As the leader of the FBI Jacksonville Division, I want to assure you that my team stands ready to respond to any threat of violence or criminal activity that falls within our federal jurisdiction. We will not tolerate those who seek to wreak havoc in our communities, and we have deployed our full investigative resources to this effort. This includes, but is not limited to, hundreds of agents and analysts who are working around the clock to hold accountable those who were responsible for the violent actions at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, and to identify, investigate, and disrupt individuals who are intent on inciting more violence in the future. This work is being fully coordinated with our federal, state, and local partners, and together we are committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all citizens across North Florida.”

The message comes after an internal FBI bulletin warned of the potential for armed protests at the nation’s Capitol and all 50 state capitol buildings beginning this weekend.

Rojas told News4Jax last week that she has been working with local, state and federal agencies, including the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

“We are going through every single tip,” Rojas said. “We take everybody’s information very seriously, and we share that accordingly to our partners immediately.”

The threat of potentially violent demonstrations prompted some governors to ramp up security on Sunday, less than two weeks after a mob overran the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

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