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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Police departments in Connecticut say they are aware of a threat made to the Baltimore Police Department.

Police in Baltimore released a statement on Monday that said they received credible information that members of various gangs have entered a partnership to "take out" law enforcement officers.

The list of gangs allegedly includes the Black Guerilla Family, the Bloods and the Crips.

The threats come after six Baltimore officers were suspended following the death of Freddie Gray. Police said Gray was in their custody on April 19 when he died from spinal injuries.

Police said when they arrested him, Gray became irate and had to be restrained with leg cuffs.

Authorities have not explained what caused Gray's spinal injuries, but police acknowledged that he should have received medical attention before being put into a transport van. They also said he had been handcuffed without a seat belt.

Police said law enforcement agencies should take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of their officers.

The New Haven Police Department said it was made aware of the information.

"Officers in our and other departments across the nation are ever watchful for those who'd seek to do us harm," New Haven police said in a statement. "This is a daily awareness regardless of credible threats."

However, the department said there have been no such threats made against officers in New Haven.

In Hartford, Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said the department continues to monitor information from law enforcement in the state and across the country.

"We remain focused on moving forward in a positive direction together with our citizens," Foley said in a statement. "The best way to keep our officers and those we protect and serve safe is to continue to strengthen our mutual trust with our police and our community. With the continued struggles on a national level, locally this has to remain our highest priority."

South Windsor Police Chief Matthew Reed said while all of the officers were notified about the threat, the department won't be making any noticeable changes.

"Vigilance is going to be very important. We haven't gotten to the point where we are going to double staff our cars," Reed said, adding that the department is waiting for more information regarding the threat.

He said officers will be keeping a closer eye on each other. The department has also asked the community to keep a watchful eye out too.

"If somebody in the community hears that somebody is making threats against law enforcement, it's in everybody's interest that you make a call to law enforcement authorities," Reed said. "Law enforcement acts as that thin blue line between organization and disorganization and that's what we're here trying to do everyday – trying to keep the community safe and ourselves safe."

On Monday afternoon, violent riots broke out in Baltimore's downtown, where at least 15 officers were injured.

Rioters were seen throwing bricks and other items at officers, and lighting vehicles on fire and looting a CVS Pharmacy.

The University of Maryland's Baltimore campus canceled all activities after 2 p.m., and police were asking parents to find their children and bring them home.

Police said many of the rioters were teenagers.

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