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National Guard to withdraw from Washington State Capitol, other security measures remain

The National Guard would demobilize over the weekend, but people can expect a long-term increased Washington State Patrol presence.

OLYMPIA, Wash — Editor's note: The above video originally ran on Jan. 20, 2021.

Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday while the Washington National Guard will begin to withdraw from the Capitol campus in Olympia, some added long-term security measures will remain in the wake of increased threats that led up to Inauguration Day.

Inslee said Thursday he was pleased that law enforcement kept the area protected from potential civil unrest.

He said the National Guard would demobilize over the weekend, but people can expect a long-term increased Washington State Patrol presence.

Inslee earlier this month said the Guard would support security efforts at the Capitol at least through Inauguration Day "due to evolving intelligence on security threats" posed in all 50 state Capitols.

The increased presence of the Washington State Patrol has cost the state $1.5 million so far. That's not including what it cost to activate 750 members of the Washington National Guard to help troopers secure the state Capitol.

The FBI warned officials at all 50 state capitols to be prepared for potential unrest on Inauguration Day following a riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 that disrupted the certification of Biden's victory.

That same day, supporters of President Donald Trump broke through the gate at Gov. Jay Inslee's executive residence

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