Law enforcement increasing patrols for holiday weekend

Posted at 6:52 PM, Jul 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-03 19:52:07-04

Law enforcement agencies around the country, including those in Central Texas, are on high alert this Independence Day weekend due to concerns about possible terror threats.

Officials in Bell County are increasing patrols during the holiday weekend. The Belton Police Department and the Bell County Sheriff's Department said they plan to have officers stationed throughout the area over the weekend to make sure citizens are safe, especially during the Fourth of July parade on Saturday morning. 

The Killeen Police Department also said they are increasing their patrols throughout the area, checking for any speeders and impaired drivers who present a hazardous risk. 

Like many police departments across the country, Killeen PD is also asking citizens to be vigilant of anything that looks suspicious or out of the ordinary and report it to local law enforcement authorities. It's part of the "If You See Something, Say Something" national awareness campaign.  

Law enforcement bulletins are common around major American holidays, but in light of the recent terror attacks and threats from ISIS, officials nationwide aren't taking any chances. Local law enforcement officials say there is no known threat to Central Texas at this time, but they still want citizens to be alert during the holiday weekend.