Nassau Police on Heighten Alert at Malls and Houses of Worship for Easter Sunday
Mineola, NY – With the recent act of terror overseas, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter today briefed the press on intensified police patrols and proactive security measures throughout the County; and to remind Nassau residents of the “See Something, Say Something” campaign.
County Executive Mangano began the briefing, held in the Ceremonial Chamber of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola, by expressing his administration’s deepest sympathies to the victims of Tuesday’s deadly – “and cowardly” – terror attack in Belgium. “The people of Nassau County stand in solidarity with the citizens of Brussels,” he said.
Both Mangano and Krumpter assured viewers that there is no known specific threat to Nassau County. “But,” Mangano said, “we must remember that acts of terror have occurred here in the United States – most recently in San Bernardino – and our neighbor New York City continues to be a high value target for those who wish to do us harm.”
Accordingly, County officials said, police patrols will be intensified throughout local communities and officers from the Bureau of Special Operations and Criminal Intelligence Rapid Response Team will be assigned to patrol local malls and other soft targets.
“Residents should take comfort, and not be alarmed, by officers stationed throughout the County with high-powered rifles for response to active shooter and terror situations,” County Executive Mangano told those gathered at today’s briefing. “Our officers have trained extensively to protect our citizens. The department’s Intelligence Unit continues to work around the clock to provide officers with counter-terrorism bulletins.”
“While it is imperative that we continue with our daily lives,” Mangano continued, “we must all remain vigilant in the fight against terror as everyone can help ensure public safety by being an extra set of eyes and ears for the men and women in law enforcement.”
County Executive Mangano coined a phrase from President Franklin Roosevelt, who in 1941 asked the American public to keep an eye out for “possible espionage and sabotage through a program known as Civil Defense.”
“Our residents are the modern day civil defense and have the potential to thwart Terrorist Attacks!” he said. “Today, we deputize social media users by asking them to take a screen shot if possible of social media threats, or any other suspicious social media activity, and text it to TEXT-A-TIP – via our Nassau Crime Stoppers App.”
And he invited viewers who have not done so already, to download the Nassau Crime Stoppers app to their phone.
Both he and Krumpter also reminded residents of the “See Something, Say Something” campaign – and said intensified police efforts would continue at least through Easter Sunday.
“If someone sees an unattended backpack, someone trying to enter a restricted area, or something that just doesn’t seem right – dial 911,” Mangano said. “This Sunday, as Christians throughout the world celebrate Easter, we ask that worshipers be mindful of what’s around them, and take comfort in extra police patrols at houses of worship.”