SAN FRANCISCO (KRON/CNN) — Around the country, federal and local authorities are on heightened alert as big crowds are set to gather for Independence Day festivities. In San Francisco, police are stepping up patrols along the Embarcadero where thousands of revelers are expected for Saturday’s fireworks celebration.
Police say officers will be along the waterfront area with patrols specially assigned to keep the crowds safe. They are asking those who attend the celebration to be vigilant and help in the safety efforts. Officers urge people who see any suspicious activity to immediately contact police.
Across the country, law enforcement officials are boosting security measures because of concerns of terrorist threats. Security officials say there is special concern over suspected ISIS supporters here in the U.S. who may try to carry out the group’s call to launch attacks.
The FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and National Counterterrorism Center relayed their concern in a bulletin last Friday that listed the holiday weekend and several upcoming Prophet Mohammed drawing events scheduled in the coming weeks as possible targets for attacks.
“There is no specific, credible intelligence to indicate any threats against celebrations over the Fourth of July weekend,” a Homeland Security Department official tells CNN. “However, we have seen repeatedly calls for violence over the past year by leadership and supporters of (ISIS) against members of the military and military installations, law enforcement, the U.S. government, and the American public. These threats are always taken seriously and we continue to work with state and local law enforcement to ensure their safety.”