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CT law enforcement on alert after terror warning issued

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Connecticut State Police discuss increased patrols planned for this holiday weekend. (WFSB) Connecticut State Police discuss increased patrols planned for this holiday weekend. (WFSB)
MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut and the country are on high alert this Fourth of July weekend after the government issued a warning of an increased terror threat.

The added security comes as many cities and towns prepare to kick off the holiday with celebrations on Friday night including Middletown. Eyewitness News caught up with the Connecticut State Police who said they are putting more troopers on the streets to patrol for any suspicious activity. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security issued the alert last week with the warning specific to ISIS-led attacks.

"All the agencies do speak to one another, pass information along to one another, give each other tips, give each other what to look out for in their particular state and communities," State Police Trooper Kelly Grant said. 

Grant said people will see a heightened state police presence through the weekend. State Police said they're beefing up what they call their "roving" patrols with more troopers on the look out for speeders, drunk drivers and any suspicious activity.  

However, Grant said as vigilant as they will be, they're asking the public for their help.

"You're the one that know what's different or who's different in your neighborhood or in your community, so you need to pay attention," Grant said.  

While some residents believe there is reason for concern, others don't believe the threat is credible.

“I just don’t feel that there’s any viable threats on our local community," Connecticut resident John Godbout said.

“I think most of the attacks that have been able to be deflected were from people that spoke up, saw something that was unusual and went to law enforcement and said something about it," Connecticut resident Emanuela Leaf said. 

Eyewitness News reached out to our local FBI and they said they will be in constant contact with local and state agencies through the weekend.

"We maintain constant contact with our local, state and Federal partners of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, especially the Connecticut State Police, and we ask the public to keep vigilant not just over the holiday weekend, but every day," FBI Special Agent Kevin James Kline said in a statement to Eyewitness News on Friday. 

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