DC region police agencies monitoring NY/NJ developments

Local police agencies across the DC region say they're closely monitoring developments in New York and New Jersey.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Local police agencies across the D.C. region say they're closely monitoring developments in New York and New Jersey. But they say there is nothing to suggest that our area is in any greater danger than it usually is.

Some passengers boarded northbound trains at Union Station with a little anxiety. Amtrak says it's in close contact with the FBI. But at this point, no one is suggesting there's a credible threat.

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Amtrak did cancel a handful of early morning trains through the busy Northeast Corridor. It has stepped up its security posture even higher than usual: more uniformed and plainclothes officers, more canine patrols, more intelligence sharing with local police and the FBI.

“Any trepidation at all headed north?” WUSA9 asked Austin Ruse, who was headed to New York. “Yes!” “You are a little nervous?” “Yes. I tossed around the idea of driving. But I need to get there faster. So I'm going to sit in the back of the train.”

A suspicious package near FBI headquarters led police to shut down Pennsylvania Avenue briefly. Mayor Muriel Bowser said she's paying very close attention.

“We have no specific reason to be concerned. But we're the nation's capital, so we remain at a highly vigilant level," said Mayor Bowser. 

Metro said it's also monitoring the situation in New York and New Jersey. Metro Transit Police is urging everyone to keep an eye out.

“Definitely security issues -- not knowing what's going to happen or could happen,” said worried rider Lolade Ademiluy.

But the nervous people at Union Station were far outnumbered by those who said they're not worried at all. Many of them said police and the FBI seem to have this well in hand. And the FBI said there's no indication that a terror cell is involved.

DC Police say anyone who notices suspicious activity or packages should just go ahead and call 911. They also have a webpage they're calling iWatch, which lets you quickly send them an electronic report and even photos of what you're seeing.


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