Speaking in San Diego today, FBI Director Christopher Wray said domestic threats have increased since Hamas launched its attack on Israel last weekend.
“In this heightened environment, there’s no question we’re seeing an increase in reported threats, and we have to be on the lookout, especially for lone actors who may take inspiration from recent events to commit violence of their own,” Wray said at Saturday’s annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference and Exposition.
“And I’d encourage you to stay vigilant, because as the first line of defense in protecting our communities, you’re often the first to see the signs that someone may be mobilizing to violence. And I’d also ask you to continue sharing any intelligence or observations you may have,” he added.
Wray did not say the agency was aware of any specific, actionable threats.
The conference is being held Oct. 14-17 at the San Diego Convention Center, with auxiliary events at area hotels.
The IACP website describes the annual event as “the largest and most impactful law enforcement event of the year — more than 16,000 public safety professionals come to learn new techniques, advance their knowledge and careers, and equip their department for ongoing success.”