LPD plans in case of election unrest

Lubbock Police Department (Source: KCBD Photo)
Lubbock Police Department (Source: KCBD Photo)
Updated: Nov. 3, 2020 at 9:38 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - There is no indication there will be unrest within the Lubbock city limits on Election Day, but the Lubbock Police Department has plans in place for any issues that might arise.

The department says it is monitoring intelligence sources that would indicate unrest, but there are no threats or concerns in the Lubbock-area, according to a department spokesperson.

All officers are in uniform and ready to respond to any problems. The department is also patrolling polling stations.

The City of Lubbock’s Emergency Operations Center has also been activated to maintain communication between various local agencies.

Anxiety around election results has increased within the last couple of weeks, prompting business owners in Dallas to start boarding up shop windows in anticipation of protests or civil disruptions.

Around 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard could be sent to five of Texas' major cities, according to The San Antonio-Express News. A National Guard spokesperson said the troop deployment is not related to the election and they would not be stationed at polling places.

“Our goal is to provide a safe environment for voting,” Public Information Officer with LPD, Allison Matherly, said. “If protests do begin, we will provide a safe environment for protesting as well.”

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