MSP increases security measures at Capitol ahead of anticipated demonstration

Collaborator: Rachael Schuit
Published: 01/15/2021, 11:15 AM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
(LANSING, Mich.) The Michigan State Police (MSP) have increased their personnel and protective measures at the Capitol building and in the surrounding areas in downtown Lansing. According to MSP, they're anticipating that demonstrators will be on the state Capitol grounds on Sunday January 17th. "Security enhancements that have been put in place include both seen and unseen measures,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP. "I can assure you that we take our responsibility for safeguarding the Capitol and those who work and visit here seriously and, together with our law enforcement partners, we will be prepared to ensure law and order.” In addition to having troopers from across the state at the Capitol on Sunday, there will be officers from the Lansing Police Department, deputies from the Ingham County Sheriff's office, and members from the Michigan National guard there to assist as well. State police are also working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). MSP has been increasing its resources at the state Capitol since January 11th. The number of officers and personnel that will be present is not being released. "In general, we don’t discuss security measures so as not to provide an advantage to those wishing to inflict harm and cause disruption, but it’s important for the public to know that law enforcement is working together and has a coordinated plan to do everything within our power to ensure safety," said Gasper. "We remain hopeful that those who choose to demonstrate do so peacefully, without violence or destruction of property." Several roads in downtown Lansing will also be closed on Sunday. Anyone who notices any suspicious or unusual activity is asked to report it to law enforcement. You can submit tips 24/7 by calling 1-855-MICH-TIP or online at


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