State unveils new terror prevention video, local officials talk terrorism at Denver conference

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

This week, Denver is playing host to more than 12,000 police chiefs from around the world -- including Grand Junction's -- to talk about important issues like terrorism.

With Colorado at the center of a recent terror investigation, officials say it's more important than ever to be vigilant and work together.

"People in Denver might think that [terrorism] is not going to affect them, then low and behold, you've got somebody who's potentially an active terrorist working right out of Denver," says Grand Junction Interim Police Chief John Camper.

Just weeks after suspected terrorist Najibullah Zazi was arrested at his home in Aurora, state officials released a new video Monday encouraging citiznes to keep an eye for suspicious activity -- including people monitoring or testing security systems, acquiring supplies that could be used to make weapons, and rehearsing a terrorist plot.

The video was released the same day U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napoliatano spent time in Denver speaking at International Association of Chiefs of Police Convention.

"It's excellent because we've got to have direct communication with our federal partners," says Camper. "It's more important than ever in this day and age to be able to work effectively with those folks."

Camper is currently attending the conference, teaching a class about managing a department during difficult budget times. He says we live in uncertain times and the fact that a terror suspect was arrested in Colorado only highlights the fact that we need to keep our guard up.

"It's easy to become complacent in times like this," says Camper.

He says being at a conference like the one in Denver gives the Grand Junction Police Department the ability to connect with agencies at all levels across the world should a terrorist plot ever be uncovered in the Grand Valley.

"It's more important than ever that we all get to speak with each other about shared problems we're dealing with," says Camper.

For a link to the new video released by the state, "Recognizing 8 Signs of Terrorism," click on the link below.

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