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South Florida police on high alert after receiving threat to target officers, sources say

MIAMI – South Florida police officers have been placed on high alert after learning about a credible threat that a group of people are looking to target officers, sources said.

Miami-Dade County spokesman Michael Hernandez would confirm only that Mayor Carlos Gimenez has been briefed on a security matter.

Police also said that the FBI is investigating.

"We are aware of a credible threat towards law enforcement in the South Florida area," FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock said. "As a result, the Southeast Florida Fusion Center issued an officer safety bulletin about the threat this morning. Given this matter is an ongoing investigation, no further information is available."

Law enforcement sources said officers have been instructed not to respond to calls alone as a precaution.