AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department is monitoring a specific threat made against its officers for Wednesday, July 13.
Police say the threat originated on Twitter Sunday morning from an account that was immediately shut down. APD Chief of Staff Brian Manely says the threat included a message to kill officers specifically on Sixth Street at 11 p.m. Wednesday.
Even though the threat doesn’t appear to be credible, the department says it is taking it very seriously due to the attack in Dallas.
“We’ve adjusted our staffing models for this weekend,” says Manley. “We have extra resources.”
Manley says this threat wasn’t only received by APD but other law enforcement agencies in Central Texas and across the country received similar threats.
“We felt it was important that this information was shared amongst our officers as well as our citizens,” says Manley of the email notification sent to officers on Tuesday.
Earlier Tuesday, the department announced they were moving to mandatory emergency 100 percent staffing levels. The move requires all shifts to be filled completely.
In a memo, Chief Art Acevedo said the decision was made following the attacks on police officers in Dallas and the current threats against Austin police. The chief says the department will remain in emergency staffing for the next two weeks and will then reassemble to see if there’s a continued need.
Manley says don’t let these threats deter you from enjoying downtown Austin. “There’s no reason to stay away from Sixth Street this evening or any other evening.”
While no one has been arrested in connection with Sunday’s threat, APD is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine who was behind the threat.
The Chief of Police at the University of Texas at Austin says he knows his brothers and sisters in blue down the street are already having a tough time without all the threats circulating.
“We work downtown, we work with APD at times so it clearly affects us, we know it affects them,” says Chief David Carter. “Our hearts and prayers go out to all law enforcement agencies that are having to deal with those threats.”