By COLlive reporter
Police presence has been increased at locations in New York City following the terrorist hostage situation at a Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas on Shabbos day.
NYPD Inspector Richie Taylor, Commanding Officer of Community Affairs outreach at Police Headquarters, said in a statement to the Jewish community: “We wanted to assure the community that we are monitoring the situation in Texas and have deployed additional resources and professional police presence to Synagogues and houses of worship across our city. We understand that the police department’s job is not only to keep people safe but to ensure people feel safe. We will continue that, and we thank you for your partnership and will keep you advised.”
NYPD 71st Precinct Officer of Community Affairs Mike Baratta told COLlive.com that he alerted Crown Heights community leaders about the hostage situation on Shabbos day by sending police officers to their homes.
Extra police cars and officers were seen throughout the neighborhood on Motzei Shabbos, including at 770 and the Yeshiva dormitory at 1414 President Street.
“We have increased police presence in Crown Heights, with an additional 16 police officers stationed throughout the neighborhood,” he said.
Police presence has been increased at 770, “which is always a sensitive target,” he said.
In addition, increased security will remain in the neighborhood through next week, during the annual women’s Kinus.
Inspector Richie Taylor out in the streets tonight with our @NYPDNews officers deployed to synagogues across NYC including @NYPDBKLYNSOUTH @NYPD61PCT @NYPD63PCT @NYPD66PCT @NYPD70PCT ensuring professional police presence in light of #TexasHostage situation #PoliceAndCommunity pic.twitter.com/HF5aM6FJiw
— Chief Jeffrey Maddrey (@NYPDCommAffairs) January 16, 2022