A Word from Law Enforcement

Several people have contacted me, or written on social media, how they are concerned about the prospect of people interfering with others’ right to vote. I don’t think that’s going to be an issue in San Carlos, and I suspect the Sheriff’s Office, from whom we get our law enforcement, doesn’t either.

But one of their duties is to plan for unlikely situations in order to preserve public safety. To that end, the Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with a number of other state and federal law enforcement agencies, issued a communique today on how residents can help ensure Election Day plays out without any incidents.

Specifically, they ask residents to call 9-1-1 if they observe any of the following:

  • Unauthorized personnel attempting to enter or actually entering a restricted area, secured protected site, or nonpublic area.
  • Impersonation of authorized personnel (e.g., police/security officers, janitor, or other personnel).
  • Presenting false information or misusing insignia, documents, and/or identification to misrepresent one’s affiliation as a means of concealing possible illegal activity.
  • Stealing or diverting something associated with a facility/infrastructure or secured protected site (e.g., badges, uniforms, identification, emergency vehicles, technology, or documents {classified or unclassified}), which are proprietary to the facility/infrastructure or secured protected site.
  • Damaging, manipulating, defacing, or destroying part of a facility/infrastructure or secured protected site.
  • Compromising, or attempting to compromise or disrupt an organization’s information technology infrastructure.
  • Communicating a spoken or written threat to commit a crime that will result in death or bodily injury to another person or persons or to damage or compromise a facility/infrastructure or secured protected site.
  • Collection or discovery of unusual amounts or types of weapons1, including explosives, chemicals, and other destructive materials, or evidence, detonations or other residue, wounds, or chemical burns, that would arouse suspicion of terrorism or other criminality in a reasonable person.

Here is the entire communique:

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  1. This activity is not inherently criminal behavior and is a constitutionally protected activity that must not be documented by law enforcement in a suspicious activity report that contains personal identifying
    information (PII), unless there are articulable facts or circumstances that clearly support the determination that the behavior observed is not innocent, but rather reasonably indicative of preoperational planning associated with terrorism or other criminal activity. 

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