BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As terror threats increase across the globe, Louisiana law enforcement is reaching deep in its arsenal to make sure they have the state covered.
What law enforcement leaders first thought was a "credible threat" to Los Angeles public schools on Tuesday turned out to be a hoax. After the risky message was received by email, the L.A. school district closed more than 900 of its schools.
Jim Bernazanni, a former FBI special agent in charge, said it is the ultimate judgment call but one that must be made given the circumstances.
"To be frank, I would have done the same thing," Bernazanni said.
Most schools do have a call to action.
In Louisiana, federal and local agents have a plan to assess threats made almost anywhere. The connection between the public and law enforcement happens at the Louisiana State Police Fusion Center.
Louisiana State Police Major Doug Cain said, at any given time, several people are tasked with keeping their eyes on international, national and local news.
"When we get the news of things happening in Los Angeles County or anywhere in the world, we are going to look at it and see how it may affect us," Cain said.
Fusion Center workers also review emails, websites, blogs and advisories to make sure they are in touch with the happenings of other law enforcement
"Situation awareness is everything for us. We want to know what's going on, who is involved, and if there is any nexus to Louisiana, the citizens we are charged with protecting," Cain said.
Major Cain said law enforcement officers across the state are working outside of the Fusion Center too, canvassing event venues, festival grounds, and so forth. He and federal agents said they can only do so much. They need the public's help too. They urge anyone who hears or sees anything that seems out of place to report it.
"Don't sit on it. Call the local FBI, local police, and say, 'listen this might be nothing, but I saw this thing and it just doesn't sit right.' That could be the missing piece of the mosaic of the picture for this area or any area that we need," Bernazanni said.
Anyone can report potential threats by calling the Louisiana State Police Fusion Center at 1-800-434-8007. It can also be accessed through the "See Something, Say Something" app on any smart device.