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UPDATED: Law enforcement vigilant but security not increased after bin Laden’s death

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 2, 2011 at 11:41 am |
May 2, 2011 3:28 pm

The Pierce County Sheriff’s, Tacoma Police and Lakewood Police departments have not changed tactics or increased security today after the death of Osama bin Laden.

“We are always vigilant,” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. “Everyone is aware of what happened.”

Troyer said the department is versed in the region’s potential targets and what to look for.

“We will continue to work with other local, state and federal agencies to be vigilant since the death of bin Laden does not mean an end to terrorism,” Sheriff Paul Pastor said in a statement. “As to any security arrangements in Pierce County, we will not discuss them. We view the safety of all residents of Pierce County as an extremely important part of our mission.”

Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler said his department has not received any service calls related to celebrations or gatherings to mark bin Laden’s death.

“We don’t have any intelligence that means we need to concerned” right now, Lawler said.

Sea-Tac Airport also is operating as normal.

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