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Posted on: January 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Washtenaw County Community Leaders Joint Statement on Community Safety

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During that time, we communicated our commitment to supporting the democratic process and the orderly, just, and peaceful administration of civil society. 
Throughout the entire electoral process, we have been and will remain in close contact with our state and federal law enforcement partners.  Together, we have been monitoring the activities related to the attack on the Capitol building in Washington D.C. and the subsequent fallout leading to the upcoming Presidential Inauguration. 
While we have not received any information informing us of imminent threat within Washtenaw County, we want to assure each of you that we  are  working  with  each  other  and  our  federal  and state  colleagues,  doing everything      we    can to plan for and ensure the safety of everyone in our community. 
During these tense and uncertain times, we affirm our commitment to work tirelessly toward ensuring public safety. However, we need your partnership and commitment to the following; 
Business leaders should ensure that you review your safety and emergency response procedures for all staff that are providing onsite services (e.g., knowledge of emergency egress locations, response to suspicious packages, reporting of threatening behavior/communications, etc.).  
Everyone should maintain a level of situational awareness and if you believe that your personal safety or the safety of others is compromised by the actions of others please notify your local law enforcement agency by dialing 911.  
Finally, we recognize that we have some difficult days ahead of us.  However, we also see this as an opportunity to reimagine our relationship and interactions with each other, even those with differing opinions. We ask each of you to help us set the example as to the appropriate way to meet the challenge, by remaining calm and courteous to each other.  While it is okay to disagree, we believe that we are stronger as a community when we focus on commonalities and the things that bring us together.  Understanding and respecting one another will serve to maintain peace and create public safety.   
 Please contact your local law enforcement agency with any questions regarding this release.

You can view the press release document by clicking this link.

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