Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was joined today by top police officials, a police chaplain and several local rabbis at Young Israel of Woodmere synagogue to announce intensified police patrols during the upcoming religious holidays.
While there has been no specific terrorist or hate crime threat made to Nassau County, Mangano said that to make sure residents are safe as they observe these Holy days, police would patrol the areas of the County’s temples, synagogues, houses of worship and churches.
County officials say hate crime reports are down this year by 1 report (9 as opposed to 10) which represents a 10% decrease. Each year, NCPD officials host meetings at Police Headquarters in Mineola, with Jewish leaders prior to the Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur; with Muslim leaders before Ramadan, and with the Black and Hispanic Clergy on a yearly basis – to maintain an open dialogue in an effort to address any concerns.
“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,” County Executive Ed Mangano told those gathered. “Unfortunately, in these times, we must be prepared for anything. Everyone must also work together in order to keep our communities safe.”
Mangano reminded residents of the “See Something, Say Something” campaign.
“This is just one of the ways we can stay vigilant in protecting residents,” he said. “Congregants, who attend temples, synagogues and churches in Nassau, know best who or what doesn’t belong around their particular house of worship. 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. If you see an unattended package, at or outside of a church, temple, train station, synagogue, mall, the Coliseum – or if you see anything suspicious, report it. Let the police know. Dial 911.”
Nassau Police intelligence officials use information gathered from various crimes over the last few years to pre-determine where criminal action may occur and take the proper precautions by assigning resources accordingly.