Written by Jaclyn Gallucci Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
While stressing that there has been no specific terrorist or hate crime threat made to the area, Nassau County officials have intensified police patrols around temples and synagogues for Yom Kippur.
“All religious leaders should know that the Nassau County Police Department will take any and all threats to public safety seriously as nothing is more important than the safety of our residents,” said Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano at a press conference last Tuesday.
Police intelligence officials say they will use information they’ve gathered from various crimes over prior years to pre-determine where criminal action may occur and take the proper precautions by assigning resources accordingly.
“Last week the County Executive brought together Jewish leaders and the precinct commanders for their particular areas to establish or re-establish a better working relationship ahead of the holidays,” said Nassau Police Commissioner
Thomas Dale, who added that the department’s Intelligence and Analysis Unit has become a model for other departments around the country.
Officials also stressed that residents should report anything suspicious immediately to the county police tipline at 516-573-7720.
“Residents can help be the eyes and ears for the police department,” said Mangano. “If you see an unattended package, at or outside of a church, temple, train station, synagogue, mall or high traffic area—or if you see anything suspicious, report it. Let the police know. If you are unsure about something, or your gut tells you something may not be right, call.”