County, Police Announce Increased Patrols Near Synagogues During Jewish Holidays
The Suffolk County Police Department is committed to providing a safe environment for worship during times of religious observance and celebration and though there is no specific threat, the department will be increasing patrols around synagogues and religious institutions during the Yom Kippur holiday. Department members have also been reaching out to each synagogue and Jewish institution within their precinct.
“Our Synagogues and religious centers are places for our residents to come together to celebrate their faith and community, and we continue to do everything in our power to safeguard them,” said County Executive Steve Bellone. “Out of an abundance of caution the Suffolk County Police Department will increase patrols around Synagogues to ensure members of our Jewish Community can practice their faith both freely and safely during this sacred holiday.”
“All of our residents should feel safe while attending religious services,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said. “Truly horrific events have occurred in houses of worship, both nationally and globally, and it is the goal of the department to work with religious leaders to create a safe environment for all religious services and events. Preparation can save lives, and I encourage all religious leaders to continue our partnership and ensure they have a plan.”
In addition to increased patrols around religious institutions on holidays, the department has implemented a specific training program called Safety in the Sanctuary designed to work with religious leaders on preventative measures in the event of an emergency. The 60- to 90-minute seminar focuses on emergency plans, active shooters, and critical incident planning. For more information, visit SCPDSHIELD.ORG.