NYPD eyes ramped-up security for Jewish High Holy Days as Syria tensions rise

| August 27, 2013

New York City will take necessary steps to ramp up security should the United States take military action against Syria, NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly told Jewish clergy and leaders Tuesday during a pre-High Holy Days briefing.

As has become standard practice for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the NYPD will deploy officers and vehicles around houses of worship, with additional resources to be sent to precincts with large Jewish communities, Kelly said at the meeting inside police headquarters.

This year, security concerns among the Jewish clergy have risen amid the possibility the United States and its allies might strike at the regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad in retaliation for suspected use of chemical weapons against his own people.

"We don't know what is going to happen, but we are as well-prepared as any big police department in the country to respond," Kelly told the group.

Kelly noted that the NYPD has special heavily armed Hercules vehicles ready to deploy around key buildings, hotels and other structures.

Rebecca U. Weiner, director of intelligence analysis for the NYPD, briefed the meeting about current terrorism threats in the Middle East, with emphasis on the situation in Syria.



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