Toronto Jewish community starts security patrol system to combat hate crimes

| March 15, 2012

With Toronto’s Jews routinely identified as one of the city’s most victimized racial or ethnic groups, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs plans to form a bold new citizen security system aimed at curtailing hate crimes in the community.

Called the Community Security Network, the pilot project will train at least 25 unarmed volunteers with observational and counter-surveillance techniques to mitigate terrorism threats and vandalism to area synagogues, schools and community centres.

Doron Horowitz, CIJA’s national security director and overseer of the initiative, stressed that volunteers will only relay shady behaviour to police, rather than take matters into their own hands.

“We are not looking to be anything like vigilante groups,” he said. “We see something, we say something — we observe and report. We’re not applying military tactics here.”–toronto-jewish-community-starts-security-patrol-system-to-combat-hate-crimes

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