Governor Roy Cooper is mobilizing 550 North Carolina National Guardsmen to bolster security in North Carolina and Washington, DC.
With reports of demonstrations in state capitols, 350 of the guardsmen will stay here in North Carolina, with their duty beginning this weekend.
The remaining 200 are heading for Washington to join several thousand guard troops from across the country.
A group of nine CMPD officers are also going to Washington to join the massive security operation composed of federal law enforcement and officers from local departments across the country.
No definitive word on how long the officers and guardsmen will be on this special assignment.
Governor Roy Cooper says “Ongoing security concerns in Washington, DC and state capitals around the nation following last week’s attack on the US Capitol must be taken seriously, and I will deploy necessary resources to keep North Carolinians safe.”