Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter joined today with Mindy Perlmutter, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island (JCRC-LI), Arthur Katz, Senior Ambassador of the JCRC-LI, and Police Chaplain Rabbi Dov Schwartz in announcing the continuation of intensified police patrols at JCCs and houses of worship. Since December, the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) has intensified patrols around temples, JCCs and other religious institutions in response to a wave of bomb threats nationwide. On January 18, 2017, a threat was made to the Barry & Florence Friedberg JCC in Oceanside and a new threat was made to the Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview yesterday. More than 100 threats have been made nationwide, including those in the states of California, Colorado, Illinois and Utah.
County Executive Mangano stated, “The Nassau County Police Department’s regular marked patrols, as well as plain clothes officers, Mounted Unit, K-9 Unit, Bureau of Special Operations and the Criminal Intelligence Rapid Response Team are assigned to different locations to protect residents. Police are also monitoring social media as well as coordinating efforts with Federal, State and local authorities. We remind residents to be vigilant and to call the police if something seems suspicious. Remember, if you See Something, Say Something!”
With continued threats throughout the globe, the NCPD has changed the way in which they police. Public safety initiatives have been enhanced and the Mangano administration is bolstering the police force with increased police patrols, 911 operators, Ambulance Medical Technicians and the formation of special units. This increase provides the NCPD a greater ability to intensify police patrols throughout local communities and assign officers to special units.
Several months ago, County Executive Mangano and the NCPD launched a new state-of-the-art school security program to help save countless lives in the event of an active shooter. In the coming months, this app-based program will be offered to JCCs and houses of worship.