Contact Br. Marwan [(217) 649-8277] if they notice anything or hear of anything suspicious happening around CIMIC property
Dear FBI Community Partner,
As most of you are aware of the violent actions taken last week at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., we found it necessary to reinforce our commitment to you, the people we are sworn to protect. To quote FBI Director Christopher Wray, “The violence and destruction of property at the U.S. Capitol building…showed a blatant and appalling disregard for our institutions of government and the orderly administration of the democratic process.” I’d like to reiterate Director Wray’s comments and emphasize to you, that we will not tolerate those that seek to incite violence or wreak havoc on our established institutions. We have and will continue to hold accountable, those that were responsible for last week’s violent actions.
As we move forward, I know there is concern within our community, but I want to communicate to you again, that the FBI is ready and prepared to respond to threats or acts of violence that fall within our federal jurisdiction. We will continue to assist and work lockstep with our federal, state, and local partners to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the community we serve.
We continue to work diligently to keep our communities safe; and, while we cannot comment on specific means or tactics, I can assure you that we are collaborating with our law enforcement partners to maintain public safety. Our efforts are focused on identifying, investigating, and disrupting individuals that incite violence or engage in criminal activity. As we do in our normal course of business, we are gathering information to identify any potential threats and are sharing that information with our law enforcement partners.
We value our relationship with you, our community partners and we rely on those relationships. Should you have any concerns, are alerted to a threat, or if there is something you see or hear that alarms you or the community, please feel free to reach out directly.
As many of you have heard me say, all of us in the FBI took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. As such, it’s important to note: The FBI cannot and will not initiate an investigation based solely on First Amendment protected speech and that includes comments made on social media, irrespective of how offensive they may be. However, when comments turn into violence or a threat of criminal activity, we are prepared to act, and will aggressively pursue those that take these actions.
All of us in the Springfield Division look forward to continuing to work with you during 2021, and we appreciate your continued support of the FBI and law enforcement during these challenging times.
Sent on behalf of SAC Sean M. Cox
Make It An Outstanding Day!
Community Outreach Specialist
FBI Springfield Division