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Local lawmakers continue to keep safety a top priority following suspicious packages

Posted at 6:52 PM, Oct 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-27 19:52:57-04

Over one dozen suspicious packages containing pipe bombs were sent to Democrats and Democratic supporters over a five-day period. Friday law enforcement arrested Cesar Sayoc in Florida for allegedly sending the packages.

Now local lawmakers say they continue to follow strict safety protocols outlined by capitol police. Communications director for Congressmen Don Bacon, Danielle Jensen, says these threats haven't changed how they handle mail delivery. “We have a person on staff whose background is military and some law enforcement and he will look at packages that come in, determine whether or not they might be suspicious and he would be the one that would isolate it, then take care of it for us and then reach out to law enforcement,” said Jensen.

She says while packages aren't sent to Congressman Bacon's local office often, letters are delivered daily. But they look at each piece of mail for any possible red flags. “Things such as excessive tape, extra postage, maybe a package is oily, or has residue on it,” said Jensen. 

Congressmen Don Bacon releasing this statement Friday following the arrest of Cesar Sayoc:
"We are Americans first, not democrats or republicans. We can't allow our dialogue to deteriorate, while violence and intimidation grows. We live in the greatest country in the world and we have much more that unifies us than divides."