Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined with religious leaders and law enforcement officials today to announce intensified police patrols around temples and synagogues for the upcoming Jewish High Holy Days.
“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,” County Executive Mangano told those gathered at Young Israel of Woodmere.
Police officials say there has been no specific terrorist or hate crime threat made to Nassau County, however, County Executive Mangano reminded residents that if they “See Something, Say Something” to the Nassau County Police Department.
“In these dangerous times, it is critical that we all be aware of our surroundings and Nassau County’s “See Something, Say Something” initiative is a great way to raise awareness of such dangers and protect our citizens,” added County Executive Mangano. “Residents can help be the eyes and ears for the police department. Don’t assume a package, bag or box was left somewhere by accident. 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. Dial 911. If you are unsure about something, or your gut tells you something may not be right, call our Nassau County Police Department tip line at 516-573-7720.”
Police intelligence officials will use information they’ve gathered from various crimes over the prior years to pre-determine where criminal action may occur and take the proper precautions by assigning resources accordingly. Nassau Police Department’s Intelligence and analysis unit has become a model for police departments around the country, he said.
Last week the Police Department held a closed security meeting for the Jewish community to inform them about how Nassau County is using the intelligence gathered over the last few years to pre-determine where criminal action may occur.
At that meeting, Jewish leaders had the opportunity to speak with their local precinct commanders in order to re-establish contacts or make new contacts so that a better working relationship could be developed ahead of the Jewish holidays.
“In the past year, we have seen a rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric throughout the world,” Mangano said. “This week, we witness increased tensions in the Middle East with Syria and Iran. Accordingly, we must be extra vigilant.”
“With the increase of hate crimes across the nation, it remains a goal of my administration to combat racism and inequalities and to work together to make sure we can limit bigotry and discrimination whenever possible,” he added. “Everyone must work together in order to keep our communities safe.”
To remind residents of the nationwide “See Something, Say Something” campaign, county officials will be distributing posters throughout the County in high traffic areas.
“Congregants, who attend temples or synagogues in Nassau, know best who or what doesn’t belong around their particular house of worship,” Mangano said. “ We are asking residents to help be the eyes and ears for the police department. Don’t assume a package or bag or box was left somewhere by accident.
County Executive Mangano also visited two Great Neck Mashadi Temples this past weekend, where hundreds gathered to hear about High Holy Day security, as well as taxes and job creation.
The Mangano administration is the first administration to light a Menorah on Nassau County property in celebration of Hanukkah.