Teton County Sheriff's Office

Leaders of town, county, state and federal law enforcement are meeting this week to prepare for an increase in police presence at government buildings ahead of Inauguration Day.

“We have no intel leading us to believe that there will be any issues here,” Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr said. “We are meeting to plan preventative measures.”

Teton County dispatch received several calls Monday and Tuesday from concerned residents, for various reasons.

One caller reported hearing three people at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort talking about changes coming Jan. 20. One of them was wearing a Captain America costume, and none of them were wearing masks, the caller reported.

Carr said Thursday morning’s meeting will include the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson Police Department, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Grand Teton National Park and the FBI.

“It’s to talk through what each agency is doing and planning on doing and how we can help each other,” he said.

Carr said he knows of no demonstrations or protests planned for next week and isn’t asking the public to suppress their opinions.

“If people want to protest peacefully, Town Square is the obvious option,” he said. “But don’t do it in a government building. We have statutes to help us maintain business, and we are not going to tolerate any disruptions.”

The public might notice an increase in police presence at local government buildings.

“We feel like it’s best to be prepared,” Carr said.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and emergency news. She also leads the News&Guide’s investigative efforts. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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