FBI Phoenix
Brooke Brennan and Kevin Smith
(623) 466-1999
June 7, 2024

FBI Urges Safety and Security During Pride Month

PHOENIX, AZ—In support of Pride Month, FBI Phoenix is providing the following guidance to help ensure the safety of everyone participating in Pride Month celebrations across the state of Arizona.

The FBI’s mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. This responsibility includes affording protections against hate crimes and violence. The FBI asks for the public’s help in reporting any suspicious activities or threats to LGBTQIA+ events throughout the month of June.

In a May 10, 2024 IC3 report, the FBI and DHS issued a public service announcement providing information related to foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs) and/or their supporters potentially targeting LGBTQIA+ events during Pride Month. Currently, FBI Phoenix is not aware of any threats to the LGBTQIA+ community or events in Arizona.

The following are possible threat indicators that should be reported to the FBI or local law enforcement agencies:

  • Violent threats made online, in person, or via mail.
  • Unusual or prolonged testing or probing of security measures at events or venues.
  • Photography of security related equipment, personnel, or access points consistent with pre-operational surveillance without a reasonable alternative explanation.
  • Unusual surveillance or interest in buildings, gatherings, or events.
  • Attempts to gain access to restricted areas, bypass security, or impersonate law enforcement officials.
  • Observation of or questions about facility security measures, including barriers, restricted areas, cameras, and intrusion detection systems without a reasonable explanation.
  • Eliciting information from facility personnel regarding the nature of upcoming events, crowd sizes, busiest times of day, etc. without a reasonable explanation.
  • Attempts to enter a restricted area, bypass security, or impersonate law enforcement officials.

FBI Phoenix offers the following to everyone as we work with our partners to keep Arizonans safe:

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times and report suspicious activities to the authorities.
  • If there is an emergency, contact local law enforcement or call 911 immediately.
  • To report a threat to the FBI, submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov, or call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324).